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Support the Promise of Carolina’s Discoveries

Research at the University of South Carolina generates discoveries that will carry the Palmetto State, the nation and the world forward in every academic discipline. 

With special focus on research into health sciences, advanced materials, energy, environment and sustainability, USC’s research programs are uniquely poised to tackle a host of global challenges. By contributing to research at the University of South Carolina, you are making an investment in the health, happiness and prosperity of tomorrow by supporting the innovators working here today.

Hallmarks and Rankings

  • USC is the only institution in the state that has received the highest ranking by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with “very high research activity.”
  • Researchers at USC have garnered more than $200 million in external funding each of the last six years, including $220 million in fiscal year 2013.
  • The University of South Carolina's Office of the Vice President for Research provides more than $2 million of internal funding each year to student and faculty researchers through a variety of competitive award programs. 

Your Gift Funds Carolina’s Future

The Office of the Vice President for Research distributes internal funding to deserving projects and candidates through a variety of signature programs designed to invest in the future of USC by supporting student research and providing seed funding for faculty research programs. When you donate to research at USC, your contributions help to fund these unique programs, ensuring a brighter future for everyone. 

Highlights from our internal funding programs include:
  • The Magellan Scholars program, instituted in 2005, has provided more than $2 million in funding for undergraduate students’ mentored research projects in all disciplines from science, technology and medicine, to theatre, music and art.
  • In 2012-2013 SPARC Graduate Research Fellowships provided over $238,000 to 54 graduate student researchers from nine different academic units, selected through a competitive grant review process. 
  • In 2013, the RISE program funded salaries, research supplies, travel and undergraduate student assistance for summer research projects for forty-eight regional and senior campus faculty members, with the aim of equipping these campuses to better serve their local communities and support the larger university mission. 
  • ASPIRE, a unique, multi-track interdisciplinary program, provided more than $2 million in funding in 2013 to 67 applicants from 11 colleges to advance their research and scholarly activities, particularly new and collaborative projects, and those involving infrastructure improvements.
  • Through the SMART program, the Office of the Vice President for Research funded more than 20 summer research projects for USC faculty who mentored under-represented minority students from South Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities.