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Office of the Vice President for Research

University-Wide Centers

Cutting-edge research requires not only the best and brightest minds, but also a strong infrastructure consisting of high-tech facilities, equipment and other resources, which help ensure researchers have the tools they need to realize their visions. The University of South Carolina regularly invests in its research infrastructure, and is home to a variety of research tools and facilities that our faculty, student and postdoctoral researchers can access.

USC is home to specialized research centers and institutes in virtually every discipline. In addition to university-wide centers, we also host 18 SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence.

USC Research Centers and Institutes

College of Arts and Sciences

Center Research Information
Institute for African American Research The Institute for African American Research is a working initiative to encourage the scholarly study and public understanding of all facets of race and black life in the United States and throughout the African Diaspora.
SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology As a university institute, SCIAA initiates and conducts a broad range of field and collections research throughout the state, participates in a wide range of USC activities and duties, and contributes to the University infrastructure and the USC publication series.
Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences The Baruch Institute has facilities on the University's main campus in Columbia, SC, a field laboratory located on Hobcaw Barony, near Georgetown, SC, and a Charleston-based research laboratory in partnership with the SC Department of Natural Resources.
Center for Colon Cancer Research The CCCR conducts innovative research on colorectal cancer that will lead to improved methods for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this disease.
Confucius Institute The Confucius Institute strengthens the university's course offerings in Chinese language and culture, promotes visiting scholars from China and expands China-related research library collections at the Thomas Cooper Library.
Center for Digital Humanities The CDH helps members of the USC community transform research and teaching by fostering new models of inquiry involving digital methodologies, pedagogies and media.
Earth Sciences and Resources Institute Focusing on applied research and service, the ESRI studies water, energy, conservation and more in the classroom, in the field and through leading edge computer modeling.
Electron Microscopy Center The Electron Microscopy Center is a core facility providing all levels of technical support and consultation in the area of light microscopy, electron microscopy, and elemental analysis.
Center of Excellence for Geographic Education The mission of the CEGE is to provide South Carolina students and educators with innovative and effective practices, materials, and research to improve geography education.
Center for GIS and Remote Sensing This center is committed to refining and improving GIS systems, consulting with users and providing advanced training.
Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute The HVRI is an interdisciplinary research and student training center focused on development of theory, data, metrics, methods, applications and spatial analytical models for understanding the newly emergent field of hazard vulnerability science.
Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute The IMI fosters advanced interdisciplinary mathematical research with the potential for meaningful application and to facilitate its transfer to the academic, government and industrial sectors. 
McCausland Center for Brain Imaging The McCausland Center provides USC faculty, as well as collaborative and externally funded researchers, the ability to perform high-resolution brain imaging studies in the Columbia, SC area.
Mechanical Prototype Facility The Mechanical Prototype Facility provides machining, welding and fabricating service to support research at USC. The MPF will also provide mechanical design assistance and detailing and CAD drawings as needed. 
Institute for Mind and Brain The Institute for Mind and Brain coordinates interdisciplinary research efforts in cognitive neuroscience, identifies and leverages opportunities for collaboration and external funding, presents a cohesive face for research efforts in cognitive neuroscience to the outside world and generally serve as a hub for research and doctoral student training in human cognitive neuroscience at USC.
Parenting and Family Research Center The PFRC aims to increase our understanding of children, adolescents, and parents in the contexts of family, school, and community, and to draw on scientific evidence to inform public policy on issues affecting children. 
Institute for Public Service and Policy Research  The IPSPR aims to meet the training and technical assistance needs of local and state government and to conduct research that will find effective solutions to the public policy challenges facing our state and communities in the 21st century.
Center for Science Education  The primary mission of the Center for Science Education is to provide course and professional development to current and future K-12 science teachers to enhance the quality of science instruction in South Carolina. 
Institute for Southern Studies  The Institute for Southern Studies fosters the study of the American South, serves as a link to the rich research resources at USC and provides access to other important research facilities throughout the state.
Statistical Laboratory (Stat Lab)  Summary of Services: The Stat Lab provides free consulting for USC students, faculty, and staff and can assist in all phases of a research project including experimental design, data collection, data description and presentation, analysis, and reporting.
The Walker Institute of International and Area Studies  The Walker Institute promotes student and faculty research, scholarship, and public service programs in international affairs and the comparative cross-cultural study of human societies. 


Moore School of Business

Center Research Information
Center for Advancement of Accounting This center assists in providing technology upgrades, engages in education program development, sponsors events featuring professional and academic speakers and provides reference material for departmental and student use.
Division of Research  The Moore School Division of Research supports the research programs and facilitates the research efforts of the school's faculty. 
Faber Entrepreneurship Center  The Faber Entrepreneurship Center provides USC students with intensive exposure to entrepreneurial concepts, small business management training, and interaction with a network of successful entrepreneurs in South Carolina. 
Center for Global Supply Chain and Process Management  The GSCPM provides cutting-edge education and training to students, innovative and value-added solutions to client organizations in the areas of process improvement and global supply chain, opportunities for client organizations to connect with one another and with students who could be potential future employees and encourages practice-based research and knowledge creation. 
Centers for International Business Education and Research  The CIBER program links the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training, and research capabilities of universities across the United States. 
Center for Marketing Solutions  The CMS leverages the collective expertise, experience and energy of the Darla Moore School of Business' scholar students and industry-leading faculty, providing real insights and creative thinking to drive groundbreaking new marketing strategies for companies. 
SC Center for Real Estate  The SC Center for Real Estate enhances professionalism in the real estate industry through applied research and dissemination of information on real estate issues. 
Riegel and Emory Human Resources Center Research topics funded by the Center include work values, teams in the multinational corporation, HR outsourcing, workplace dispute resolution, HR and the M&A process, and organizational restructuring. 
SC Small Business Development Centers  Through free consulting, low-cost seminars and links to resources, the SC SBDC helps jump start startups and makes existing businesses thrive. 


College of Education

Center Research Information
Center for Innovation in Higher Education The Center for Innovation in Higher Education supports interdisciplinary projects that are designed to advance public intelligence on trending issues in higher education through innovation, collaboration and education.
Museum of Education  The Museum of Education serves as a museum with exhibitions, publications and programs portraying the perennial issues of education as a means to generate thoughtful discussion among members of the university community and general public. 
Research, Evaluation and Measurement Center Faculty and staff at the Research, Evaluation and Measurement Center work with teams of research assistants and affiliated University faculty to plan, develop and carry out program evaluation, assessment and research projects. (This center formerly was called the Office of Program Evaluation.)
SC Educational Policy Center  SCEPC faculty and staff research policy issues related to prekindergarten through high school and postsecondary education and disseminates that information to educational decision makers at all levels.
Yvonne & Schuyler Moore Child Development Research Center  This center's work includes data collection from primary and secondary sources, cutting-edge applied research, professional development for education practitioners, community-based research, professional development and technical assistance, active collaboration with traditional and nontraditional educational partners, information dissemination and active mentoring of new scholars. 


College of Engineering and Computing

Center Research Information
Center for Electrochemical Engineering The CEE is dedicated to integrated study of fuel cells, hydrogen storage, batteries, supercapacitors, corrosion, corrosion protection and electrodeposition of metal alloys and composites. It serves as a focal point for development of new power source technologies, novel corrosion protection strategies and environmentally friendly coatings.
Center for Friction Stir Processing  The CFSP is a multi-University Industry/University Cooperative Research Center focused on research and development in the area of friction based materials processing technologies and science. 
Center for Fuel Cells  The Center for Fuel Cells works to develop fuel cell technology to speed commercialization of this environmentally friendly energy source. 
Center for Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems  GRAPES research concentrates on design, development, evaluation, control, and standardization of grid-connected power electronic equipment on both the supply and load side of power systems. 
Center for Information Assurance Engineering The mission of the Center is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations among information security researchers, system developers, and educators to improve the level of security and trustworthiness in the Nation's cyber infrastructure. CIAE faculty and students are working in a broad spectrum of security topics and issues. 
Center for Computational Robotics  The focus of the Center is on research, industrial development, and education in multiagent systems, conceptual modeling, ontological engineering, industrial automation, executive decision support, and software development. 
Center for Mechanics, Materials and Non-Destructive Evaluation  Areas of expertise include material characterization at the macro and nano-scale, dynamic and static mechanical testing, structural analysis, state-of-the-art non-contacting strain measurement methods, advanced numerical simulations and fracture mechanics. 
HeteroFoaM Center  HeteroFoaMs are Heterogeneous Functional Materials that comprise an energy system. Our team is developing a greater understanding of HeteroFoaMs in order to create systems that generate power without waste by-products. 
McNAIR Center The McNAIR Center works to advance South Carolina's knowledge-based economy through innovative aerospace research, interdisciplinary education, economic development, outreach and collaboration with the aerospace and allied industries and related government agencies.


College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center  The mission of the center is to support the business success of the wide-ranging segments of the travel and tourism industry through excellent research and teaching.
College Sport Research Institute  CSRI furthers the study of intercollegiate athletics through a variety of methods including hosting an annual conference, sponsoring the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, coordinating joint research projects and serving as a resource for media and other entities needing information about the business and social aspects of college sport. 
Culinary and Wine Institute  The mission of the Institute is to educate a diverse population by fostering creativity, personal growth and providing the tools required for career development. 
International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education   The Institute is dedicated to the advancement of foodservice and hospitality education through research, curriculum development, executive training and consultation. 
International Tourism Research Institute  The mission of the institute is to provide innovative tourism assistance to communities, development organizations, agencies and businesses. 
Center for Retailing The mission of the center is to provide innovative retail assistance to communities, development organizations, agencies and businesses. We advocate for the retailing industry, focusing on retailing-related issues, providing credible data and promoting the industry as a globally viable economic development strategy. 


School of Law

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Children's Law Center  The Children's Law Center conducts research and data analysis to identify systemic barriers facing our at-risk children and those already in crisis, and to find effective solutions to overcome those barriers. 
Center on Professionalism  The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism enriches teaching and research on the legal profession and promotes professionalism, civic leadership and public service in the practice of law. 
Rule of Law Collaborative The ROLC explores the root causes of state failure and the collapse of rule of law, as well as potential remedies and strategies for conflict remediation, post-conflict stabilization and institutional capacity-building.


College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

Center Research Information
SC Center for Children's Books and Literacy This center reaches out to children, adults, child care centers and literacy advocacy groups across the state through books, storytelling, training, research and hands-on opportunities in collaboration with local public and school libraries. 
Newsplex  Newsplex was built to help news organizations adapt to a future in which people acquire news and information in different formats and across platforms. It is a laboratory where new techniques and technologies are evaluated.


School of Medicine

Center Research Information
Complementary Alternative Medicine Center  The CAM Center is dedicated to understanding the mechanisms by which various plant-derived products can be used as preventive or therapeutic modalities in the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. 
COBRE Center for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation The COBRE Center conducts research on the mechanism of regulation of inflammation by dietary supplements during chronic inflammatory processes associated with cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer's and several other autoimmune diseases. 
Center for Disability Resources  The CDR implements and disseminates research in the areas of person-centered planning, positive behavior support, transition and psychopharmacology to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. 
Research Center for Transforming Health The Research Center for Transforming Health serves as a collaborative focal point for accelerating translational research intended to improve the future health of populations and enable optimal health outcomes for our diverse population.
USC Sports Medicine Center  The USC Sports Medicine Center provides easy access to a combination of sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons, primary care sports medicine physicians, and certified athletic trainers. 
Ultrasound Institute  The Ultrasound Institute's research programs involve controlled studies to demonstrate improved learning and retention of course material on clinical ultrasound, innovation and outcomes research, and testing of new ultrasound technology. 
University Specialty Clinics  University Specialty Clinics doctors are medical educators and researchers who are working to discover innovative ways to improve the practice of medicine. Many of our physicians are conducting advanced research in areas that impact the quality of life for many, including cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, women's health and more. 
Viral Vector Core  The Viral Vector Core provides service for researchers, both intramural and extramural to USC, interested in utilizing viral-based methods of gene delivery. In addition to design, cloning and vector production, we provide our customers with resources critical for understanding of the biological aspects of the vector technology. 


School of Music

Center Research Information
Children's Music Development Center Music Play classes at the USC's Children's Music Development Center are part of an innovative program designed to develop the music potential of young children from newborns to five-year-olds.
Conductors Institute of South Carolina Students of the institute receive a no-nonsense tutorial from conductors and composers with vast experience in the commercial, academic and professional worlds of music.
USC Music Library The Music Library's collection contains books and scores, print and electronic journals, audio and video recordings and special collections. Audio and video recordings can be checked out, and the library provides CD players, DVD players, turn tables and more for in-house listening. Electronic resources include International Index to Music Periodicals, RILM, RIPM, Oxford Music Online (Grove), DRAM and Naxos Music Library, the 24-hour online listening service.
Southeastern Piano Festival The Southeastern Piano Festival is a high-level training platform for young pianists, a presenter of new and world-renowned concert pianists and master teachers, an advocate for new piano music, and a vehicle for exploring different roles the piano plays on stage and beyond.
Center for Southern African-American Music CSAM also captures music as it exists today through contemporary field recordings and audio/videotaping. CSAM seeks to be a repository for materials relating to African-American music in the South and through contemporary archiving procedures, will preserve them for perpetuity.
Spark Laboratory Focused on success, innovation and community, Spark, formerly Carolina Institute for Leadership and Engagement in Music, prepares music leaders for the 21st century.



School of Nursing

Center Research Information
Cancer Survivorship Center The center is dedicated to alleviating the burden and suffering from cancer in South Carolinians. The center's researchers have a strong history and continuing interest in cancer control from prevention to survival.
Children and Family Healthcare Center The Children and Family Healthcare Center is a working clinic where nurse practitioner faculty members provide primary care with the support of students working there as part of the clinical experience. 
Healthcare Process Redesign Center The Healthcare Process Redesign Center is dedicated to the advancement of health care process redesign knowledge and safety. The center's activities address research, knowledge and tool development to improve the safety, quality and effectiveness of redesign of high risk health care processes. 
Center for Nursing Leadership  The Center for Nursing Leadership is home to the Office of Healthcare Workforce Research for Nursing, which coordinates development of nursing workforce policy. 
Simulation Lab The Simulation Lab uses the most innovative teaching techniques and tools available, including our most advanced teaching instrument, the patient simulator, full-body working mannequins that are programmed to deliver critical vital sign and physiologic information that a nurse needs to determine the best care for their patient. 


College of Pharmacy

Center Research Information
Center for Cell Death, Injury and Regeneration  The center provides imaging facility through the use of six confocal/multiphoton microscopes. The center also is home to a multiwell plate reader and Seahorse Bioscience facility. 

Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

The purpose of CORE is to research the clinical, economic and humanistic outcomes related to the utilization of pharmaceutical products and services. The center strives to cultivate an interdisciplinary research and teaching environment that blends expertise and experience from academia, industry, and government.
Drug Discovery Shared Resource Center  This shared resource center (with MUSC) provides expertise for assay development, chemical libraries, instrumentation for high-throughput screening, including robotic liquid-handling and state-of-the-art cell imaging and technical support for screening.
Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center  The Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center engages in research and innovative training in improving healthcare outcomes, sterile pharmaceutical compounding and the business of pharmacy. 
Microarray Core Facility  At the Microarray Core Facility, USC faculty can access a variety of services such as custom arrays, array design and DNA/RNA analysis, and equipment including a Packard BioChip Arrayer, Packard Multiprobe II Liquid Handler and Agilent Hybridization Oven. Visit the website for complete services and resources. 
Palmetto Poison Center  The Palmetto Poison Center provides information on exposure to poisonous materials for the general public and healthcare professionals. 
SCORxE (South Carolina Offering Prescribing Excellence)  SCORxE improves quality of care for South Carolina Medicaid patients in the most cost effective manner by promoting quality, evidence-based drug therapy and best practices through face-to-face communication with providers. 
Translational Cancer Therapeutics Center Core Services  Provides training and services in microscopy, flow cytometry and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. 


Arnold School of Public Health

Center Research Information
Biostatistics Collaborative Research Core  The BCRC provides collaboration, consultation, and support on biostatistics methods, data management, and data coordination for health sciences and social sciences research at USC, partner institutions and research clients, while fostering original methodological research. 
Cancer Prevention and Control Program  Research at the CPCP addresses genetic, lifestyle-related, and environmental causes of cancer; screening for early detection and primary prevention of certain cancers; access to care; cancer survivorship. 
Children's Physical Activity Research Group  CPARG is an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and graduate students who are dedicated to expanding the body of knowledge on physical activity and its promotion in children and adolescents. 
Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies  The Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies promotes and coordinates multi-disciplinary research related to Latinos in South Carolina and the Southeast. 
Disability Research and Dissemination Center  The DRDC conducts research related to the priorities of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities through research grant sub-awards to university and other academic and professional partners that utilize medical, social and basic science, and public health approaches. 
Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk  The Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk has greater than 3000 square feet of high quality research space within the Arnold School of Public Health. There are facilities for nanomaterial production, clean-up, characterization, fate and behaviour and ecotoxicology. 
Center for Health Services and Policy Research  The Center exists to coordinate and conduct research designed to promote accessibility of health care services and to inform public policy in a manner that has a positive impact on the health-related quality of life of South Carolinians. 
Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities  The Institute was created to enhance and facilitate the University of South Carolina's public and provide partnerships focused on improving the health status of communities statewide and worldwide. 
The Montgomery Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic (formerly the Speech and Hearing Center) Committed to excellence in service, teaching and research, the Speech and Hearing Center serves to fulfill its mission to meet the needs of a diverse community with regards to the nature, prevention, diagnosis, and to treatment of disorders of communication. 
Office for the Study of Aging The primary research goal of the Office for the Study of Aging is to achieve and maintain research excellence in creating and disseminating knowledge about aging persons and populations. We particularly focus on research that identifies and promotes aging solutions. 
PASOs Programs  PASOs provides education on family health and positive parenting skills; individual guidance for participants in need of resources; and partnership with health care and social service providers to help them provide more effective services. 
Prevention Research Center  The PRC's research goals include understanding how a variety of policy factors relate to physical activity in communities, evaluating the influences of changes in environmental policies and features on physical activity behaviors, promoting physical activity and affecting social, environmental and political influences on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in physical activity. 
Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities  Researchers at the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities work to understand how nutritional components interact with a variety of contexts, including political, physical, economic, and social structures.
SC Cancer Disparities Community Network  The SCCDCN works to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, cancer health disparities using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to design and conduct research projects in AA communities in South Carolina. 
SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health  IMPH is an independent entity serving as a neutral convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a resource for evidence-based information to inform health policy decisions. 
SC Public Health Consortium  As a vital component of the Arnold School of Public Health, OPHP exists to foster the development of public health practice through dynamic, experiential learning situations; relevant and accessible educational programs; and applied, practice-based research. 
SC Rural Health Research Center  The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center focuses on investigating persistent inequities in health status within the population of the rural US, with an emphasis on inequities stemming from socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and access to healthcare services.


College of Social Work

Center Research Information
Center for Child and Family Studies  Societal problems are so complicated that traditional research too often only minimally affects policy and practice. With Community-Derived Research and Practice, the research questions and program concerns come directly from our community partners.
Institute for Families in Society  The mission of the Institute is to use university-community interdisciplinary research and practice as a platform to advance the science of helping families and vulnerable populations. 
I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice  The Newman Institute pursues high quality theoretical and applied research on processes and conditions that create and sustain social justice. 

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