Promoting the innovation and commercialization of nanotechnology in South Carolina
Research areas are focused programs to which the NanoCenter commits longer-term support. The overall goal of the research area programs is to identify convergent interests among faculty in competitive areas of research and scholarship, and to create expertise and knowledge in these areas to contribute significantly to the emerging science and scholarship as well as obtain state, federal or private funding and thereby become self-sufficient.Academic spin-offs can be new centers of economic excellence, centers or consortia, while commercial spin-offs are start-up companies or technology transfer and joint ventures with existing entities.
Faculty are not required to be members of an established research area, but can form new groups and compete with existing research areas for internal sponsorship. Research areas receive support in several ways. Short-term support for research efforts is often available. Longer-term support to improve experimental facilities and to hire new faculty in support of research areas is another tactic of the NanoCenter after evaluation of initial projects by a distinguished external advisory board which meets annually.
The research portfolio is dynamic and is evaluated and competes with new and established programs on an annual basis.
Important is the creation of a research culture enabling inter- and multidisciplinary interactions and the sharing of expertise, resources and facilities.