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GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA ANNOUNCES COLLABORATIVE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

South Carolina-Estonia Industry R&D Program Launches Initial Request for Project Proposals

 

Columbia, SC – November 29, 2018 – Today, in a ceremony at the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Jim Melville, President and CEO of the Global Alliance of South Carolina (GASC), joined Viljar Lubi, Estonia’s Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development to sign an agreement that formally launches the South Carolina-Estonia Industry R&D Program, and issues the first call for binational R&D project proposals.  This program implements one of the key objectives in the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the State of South Carolina on Bilateral Cooperation in Industrial and Technological Research and Development, signed in April 2016.

The signing of this agreement initiates the first Request for Proposals (RFP) within the framework of the Industry Research and Development Program.  The focus of this RFP will be on collaborations involving information and communication technologies, health technologies and services, and technologies that increase the effectiveness of resources.

The RFP process will be executed in two steps.  First, interested partners must complete and submit an application for bilateral funding to Enterprise Estonia (EE) and GASC not later than January 29, 2019.  After an initial screening of the project concept EE and GASC will invite formal proposals from qualified and eligible applicant teams.

To access the full text of the RFP, including funding availability, eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit www.globalallianceforsc.org.

Jim Melville stated, “This program creates a wonderful opportunity for collaboration toward achieving business outcomes that simply would not be possible for parties operating alone.”

“We’re excited to celebrate the launch of this new opportunity,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “As a state with a globally-connected economy, we understand the importance of working with industry leaders in other nations to promote a mutually-beneficial economic partnership. I look forward to seeing the innovative industry advancements that result from this program.”

SC-Estonia Industry R&D Program RFP Signing Event
29 November 2018 – Estonian Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development Viljar Lubi (left) and Global Alliance for South Carolina President and CEO Jim Melville (right) sign the Implementing Agreement that launches the initial call for project proposals under the Estonia – South Carolina Industry R&D Program in a ceremony at the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Background:

The Global Alliance for South Carolina (GASC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, whose mission is to stimulate business, economic growth, and research partnerships involving companies and academic institutions in South Carolina, Israel, and Estonia as an independent way to generate economic development, jobs, and university joint programs.   In fulfilling its mission, GASC collaborates with the following:

  • In South Carolina: the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Advanced Technology International (ATI), SCRA’s “SC Launch” Program, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina, The Citadel, the University of South Carolina, and Clemson University
  • In Israel: the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) and various academic research institutions and start-up business incubators
  • In Estonia: the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the University of Tartu, and Tallinn University of Technology

For more information on the Global Alliance for South Carolina, and the SC-Estonia Industry R&D Program, please contact Russ Keller, GASC Executive Director, at russ.keller@ati.org or visit www.globalallianceforsc.org.

Click here to download this Press Release:  GASC SC-Estonia RD Program Press Release Final

Click here to download the RFP:  SC-Estonia Industry R&D Program RFP


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Retired Ambassador James Melville is Named President and CEO of the Global Alliance for South Carolina (GASC)

Charleston, SC – November 20, 2018 –  Recently retired U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, James Melville, has joined the team of the Global Alliance for South Carolina (GASC) to serve as President and CEO.  In this role he will work with the GASC Board of Directors to develop and execute the organization’s business plan in support of GASC’s mission.

Click here to download this Press Release:  GASC Welcomes Retired Ambassador James Melville

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Click here to download this Press Release:  Nanobebe Release

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Fifth Project Approved for Research Funding

Charleston, SC – August 6, 2018 – The Global Alliance for South Carolina (GASC) and the Israel Innovation Authority are pleased to announce the award recipient from the fourth round of bilateral project proposals. These projects are a result of the collaborative industrial research and development program established in October 2013 between the Government of the State of South Carolina and the Government of the State of Israel. The first four projects were awarded between September 2014 and August 2016.

Click here to download this Press Release:  Global Alliance for SC Fifth Project