Center of Resilience Excellence South Carolina


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Assisting Small Businesses thru Training
Wednesday, June 12, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
                                 Register Here!
Join us for a virtual training with the General Services Administration to obtain hands on assistance with your questions and challenges. Participants will:
–    Understand and who should register
–    Walk through the steps and validations required to get a Unique Entity ID and register in
–    Get tips and tricks to help you avoid the most common challenges
–    Learn where to get help and get answers to your questions

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SBA – Small Business Administration | FDIC | USDA
All Federal programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

OpenSTEM at College of Charleston

What do you get when you combine CORE SC grant funding, industry sponsorships, innovative thinking, and student engagement? OpenSTEM! CORE SC board members Tammy Coghill (Dominion Energy) and Ashley Richardson (Charleston County Economic Development) got to tour this multi-tiered “tech box” funded by a CORE SC grant to provide lab space for students at the College of Charleston. The box is used to conduct research that can be useful to NASA, agribusiness, and South Carolina. Each level is sponsored by SC industries. Sponsors include and . Thanks to Sam Norton and Tanner Hicks for their ingenuity. This is a model that can be deployed in other locations.

Opportunities for HBCUs and MSIs
Check out the many opportunities available to HBCUs and MSIs curated by Desiree Sampson, our HBCU Coalition Coordinator.

CubeSat: University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University are looking to do the first CubeSat launch for South Carolina; however, they would like HBCU involvement. They would like to present what that involvement may look like, possibly a ground station. Please let Desiree Sampson know who the best faculty/staff contact from your communications, cybersecurity, engineering, etc. departments to include in future meetings.
MUREP INCLUDES: NASA’s Minority Research and Education Project (MUREP) Includes program funds engineering interventions that significantly invest in undergraduate students using curriculum that infuses NASA content and comes from a broad range of voices, perspectives, approaches, concepts, research methods, and research questions. A pre-proposal webinar will be held on April 24th with letters of intent DUE by May 6th.

USAID: The New Partnerships Initiative (NPI), seeks to work with a more diverse range of partners and provide more entry points for organizations to work with them. To learn more about how to partner with USAID, register at  They post solicitations for contracts at and post grants and cooperative agreements as a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) at They also accept unsolicited proposals and applications.

EPA: The Environmental Protection Agency has established several programs to assist HBCUs and underserved communities. See below as well as this document for more information.

  • The EPA has developed a vendor curriculum designed to assist industry and HBCUs in learning how to effectively do business with the EPA and navigate the procurement process. Vendor Lab will provide the opportunity to engage with the EPA to learn about career paths in acquisitions, finance, sciences, research, and many other areas to inform students about how they can become an integral part of protecting human health and the environment.

  • College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) partners with colleges and universities to provide FREE technical assistance to underserved/overburdened communities. Students work with local, state, and federal staff during the project. They will receive school credit or stipends for their work.

  • Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants program (Community Change Grants or CCG) will fund environmental and climate justice activities to benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges.

  • Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers and the Thriving Communities Grantmakers Program provide technical assistance to recipients, including disadvantaged communities and community-based nonprofit organizations. Grantmakers provide direct funds to assist with the initial development and implementation of environmental justice projects. TCTACs can provide trainings on writing stronger grant proposals, assistance on complying with grant requirements, and facilitation services for building partnerships.

Interested in joining the EPA’s Advisory Council? Learn more here.

CORE SC Announces Cycle 2 Grant awards

The Center for Resilience Excellence South Carolina (CORE SC) is pleased to announce the awardees of its Cycle 2 grant program. CORE SC’s grant program provides funding for research and collaboration projects by South Carolina-based organizations to solve resilience challenges through strong partnerships. “We were impressed by the caliber of proposals that we received and their ability to address resilience challenges faced by South Carolina communities,” stated Catherine Hayes, CORE SC’s executive director. “We look forward to following their research and seeing how they can be integrated with existing systems or scaled to deliver impact to our citizens.”

Cycle 2 awards total $350,000 for the following partnerships:

  • Growers for Grace PBC, Allendale County Hospital, SC Thrive, Palmetto Care Connections, Heroic Health, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Instacart for food insecurity intervention in Allendale County
  • University of South Carolina, Benedict College, and the Savannah River National Laboratory for improved monitoring of nuclear fuel
  • Clemson University, Claflin University, College of Charleston, and NASA Langley Research Center for improved battery manufacturing using machine learning
  • University of South Carolina Aiken for improved solar thermal applications
  • Clemson University, Claflin University, College of Charleston, and NASA Langley Research Center for energy harvesting during space exploration
  • University of South Carolina, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Sea Grant Consortium, and the College of Charleston for updated wild oyster reef mapping

Link to Project Abstracts

Catherine Hayes

December 6, 2023
SC builds on relationship with NASA – Mike Switzer, South Carolina Business Review
Catherine Hayes, CORE SC’s executive director, spoke with Mike Switzer from SCETV’s South Carolina Business Review.

Click here to learn about the why and how of CORE SC.


The Center of Resilience Excellence South Carolina (CORE SC) is a consortium created with guidance from NASA to research, develop, and implement scalable and replicable solutions to resilience challenges facing South Carolina in the following resilience sectors: water, energy, connectivity, agriculture, and natural hazards (WE CAN).

CORE SC is the nexus between local, state, and federal agencies, industry, academic institutions, non-profits, public and private organizations that leads to actionable outcomes to improve community and societal resilience.

CORE SC initiatives align with SC Office of Resilience Risk Reduction Plan and the Vision 2030: South Carolina Science & Technology Plan, facilitating economic, technology, and workforce development, and creating the foundation for the new space economy ecosystem.

CORE SC recognizes the importance of awareness, inclusion, and equity when working toward resilience solutions for all citizens of South Carolina.