Scientific Presence South Carolina

Business is Global. Innovation is Local

Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity; a picture of inventive and innovative trends, emerging markets, talent pools, and the depth of scientific, technical and engineering enterprise, the indicators of future economic development and growth.


2013 Way Better Count: 1,331 — US Rank — #29
2013 Official Count: 873— US Rank — #29
Patents 1963—2013: 18,937
Use the Map and Scientific Presence Indicators and Metrics at left to examine the elements of scientific presence in South Carolina or click the map to see the Scientific Presence Profile for another state. The Scientific Presence profiles are dynamic and are updated when new metrics and observatons become available, please visit often.

Businesses & Outposts

81 Organizations

National and international corporations, universities, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations
earning patents with first named inventors from South Carolina.

The Top Ten

Companies Working With South Carolina Inventors 2009—2013 based on first named inventors who are from South Carolina.


The Complete List →

All Independent Inventors

2012 — 210 | 2013 — 201 | 2014 — 192
Total 1977—2014: 6,141
2014 US Rank: #29 | Overall Rank: #29

Independent Inventors are not affiliated with a company or other entity when their patents are granted. Many independent inventors use their patents as an important asset for new business formation. If a patent has more than one inventor, each inventor is counted according to his or her state of residence at the time of patent grant. If an inventor has more than one patent, he or she is counted once for each patent.
Source: USPTO

Research & Development (R&D)

Total 2012 R&D Expenditures in South Carolina: $2,389,000,000.

US R&D Rank — #30 | R&D Intensity — 1.42%
South Carolina GDP — $168,716,000,000 | GDP Rank — 27
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Business R&D and Innovation Survey, 2011.

South Carolina R&D Spending

In Millions of Dollars — 000,000)
SOURCES: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF/NCSES), National Patterns of R&D Resources (annual series), Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey, Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges, Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, Survey of State Government R&D. State GDP data are from the US. Bureau of Economic Analysis, http://www.bea.gov, accessed 1 August 2013.
Category Subcategory US
R&D Spending
South Carolina
R&D Spending
All R&D $428,163 $2,389
Business Business - Total 294,093 1,399
Paid by The Business 238,768 949
Paid By Others - Non Federal Sources 24,015 334
Paid By Others - Federal Sources 31,909 116
Universities & Colleges Total 62,457 623
Federal Sources 37,714 332
Other Government Sources 3,718 9
Business 3,189 30
University &College Directly 12,965 220
Non-Profit Organizations 4,872 31
Other Non-Profits 6,553 33
States Internal NA 43
Federal 35,775 157
FFRDCs Total 17,718 135
FFRDCs - Federal 17,372 135
FFRDCs - Non-Federal NA 0

South Carolina Higher Education R&D (HERD) Spending

(Dollars in thousands - 000)
Source: National Science Foundation — Higher education R&D (HERD) expenditures, by geographic division, state, and source of funds: FY 2012
All R&D
Federal Government State & Local
Institution Funding Business Nonprofit
All Other Sources
US $65,774,524 $40,130,460 $3,704,365 $13,673,539 $3,281,809 $4,033,233 $951,118
South Carolina 636,534 320,518 9,075 242,019 32,415 19,037 13,470

See how higher education funding breaks down by the source of the funding and the science, technology, and engineering domain where it is spent.

Follow the Money | Spending by Source & Domain →

Scientists & Engineers

Population with college degrees, scientific or engineering degrees, and doctorates in S&E research domains.


All Degrees
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2009
Total Population over 25 with College Degrees
Location All Degrees S&E Degrees S&E % Margin of
US 56,335,654 20,498,538 36.4% 0.1%
South Carolina 734,662 251,180 34.2% 0.8%
Future Scientists
High School Graduation Rates
US Total 80%
South Carolina 75%
Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate 2011-2012, Source US Department of Education
Map of College Degrees by State

Doctorate Degrees
Source: NSF, NIH, USED, USDA, NEH, NASA, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2012.
Location US Rank Doctorate Degrees Granted % of US Total
US 51,008
South Carolina 26 648 0.01%
Doctorate Granting Institutions

None of the academic institutions in South Carolina are among the top 50 US doctorate-granting institutions.


A look at the research focused institutions supporting the State's scientific presence.

Expenditures at South Carolina Higher Education R&D Institutions

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Higher Education Research and Development Survey, FY 2012.
US Rank Institution All R&D Expenditures
  All institutions $65,774,524
89 Medical University South Carolina 236,586
96 University South Carolina, Columbia 214,901
122 Clemson University 142,096
306 South Carolina State University 12,909
331 College Charleston 9,579
353 Winthrop University 7,993
394 Claflin University 5,255
477 Benedict College 2,754
497 Coastal Carolina University 2,412
527 Furman University 2,049
  Totals —  South Carolina $636,534

Follow the Money | How Money Was Allocated to South Carolina Institutions →

Federally Funded R&D Centers

Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDCs) located in South Carolina, the federal government department that sponsors the center, and information about their research spending.
FFRDC Sponsor Location All R&D Expenditures
All US FFRDCs     $17,446,036
Savannah River National Lab. DOE Aikens, SC 132,357
  All FFRDC Expenditures in South Carolina $132,357

Follow the Money | Spending By South Carolina Based FFRDCS →

Federal Research & Development Centers | US Master List →

Federal Laboratories

Source: Federal Lab Consortium
Agency Sponsor Lab
Dept. of Commerce NOAA-Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research
Dept. of Commerce NOAA-Hollings Marine Laboratory
Dept. of Defense - Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - Atlantic
Dept. of Energy Savannah River National Laboratory
Dept. of Interior South Carolina Water Science Center

Federal Laboratories | US Master List →

About Scientific Presence

Indicia of Economic Growth, New Corporate Outposts and New Markets
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Scientific presence is a holistic look at science and technology activity in a particular location. Way Better Patents™ combines its own custom patent and innovation analytics with authoritative information on R&D spending, demographic data, STEM education information, economic data, grant data, information on patent owners, and the presence of young companies, the engines of most new job creation, to create each Scientific Presence Profile.
Scientific Presence metrics, when combined with information about new patented inventions, presents a picture of emerging inventive and innovative trends, nascent market development, the depth of scientific activity in a location, the companies establishing outposts in new locations beyond their corporate headquarters, and how many people are participating in these activities.
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