About SCTR

The South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR), a statewide NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program Hub based at MUSC, is the catalyst for changing the culture of biomedical research in South Carolina.


SCTR provides resources, training, and expertise to streamline the processes associated with translating observations from the laboratory (T0), clinic, and community to interventions that improve individual and public health (T4).

Translational Science Spectrum

The translational science spectrum spans Basic Science (T0), Translation to Humans (T1), Translation to Patients (T2), Translation to Practice (T3), and Translation to Populations (T4)

What is translational science?


Translational science is the field that generates scientific and operational innovations that overcome the long-standing barriers along the translational research pipeline-NCATS.


The CTSA Program is a national network of medical research institutions that work together to innovate solutions to barriers across all translational stages (T0-T4) with a goal of delivering better treatments to all people more quickly.

Partners & Collaborators

SCTR has developed robust partnerships and collaborations that include academic, health care, and community-based organizations across the state that have enabled innovative translational research and training activities to extend across South Carolina.

SCTR Programs & Services

Research resources and activities are organized in several programmatic areas that span the stages of translational research, from discovery to implementation. Formal predoctoral (TL1) training and career development (KL2) components are included.

The Support Center for Clinical & Translational Science (SUCCESS) is staffed by a team of experts who provide research navigation and free consultations to clinical and translational research investigators and stakeholders across South Carolina. Visit the SUCCESS Center

The Research Nexus facilitates patient-oriented research and is part of SCTR’s Participant and Clinical Interactions (PCI) Program. Several fee-based research services, including research coordination and management, clinical nursing and laboratory studies, can be obtained through the SCTR Research Nexus. Explore Research Nexus Services

Consultations and services are requested, reviewed, and tracked using the SPARCRequest (Services, Pricing and Application for Research Centers) system, which was developed by SCTR. This request engine and work fulfillment portal provides a storefront for all core research services and resources at MUSC. SPARCRequest is used by many other CTSA programs across the United States. Submit a SPARCRequest

Get to Know SCTR Infographic (PDF)

Administrative Core

The Administrative Core provides the operational expertise to support SCTR’s comprehensive portfolio of research services and activities, educational programs, and funding opportunities. It uses robust methodologies for evaluation, metric tracking, and reporting and then leverages these data to enhance and improve operations. The core also facilitates idea exchange across SCTR programs, partners, affiliates, and collaborators and coordinates program communications and liaison activities with the CTSA Consortium.

Evaluation & Quality Improvement

The Evaluation & Quality Improvement (EQI) program within SCTR uses evaluation and quality improvement processes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of clinical and translational research. In addition to collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting evaluation and quality improvement data, the EQI team works closely with SCTR programs to facilitate their use of these data in their scientific efforts. The EQI program's specific goals are:

    • To work with SCTR personnel to monitor SCTR activities and provide timely feedback to the program directors, faculty, and administrators responsible for SCTR to improve quality and increase efficiency.
    • To determine the effectiveness of SCTR in achieving both short- and long-term goals.
    • To work with SCTR programs and cores to build their capacity for evaluation and quality improvement.


SCTR Research Nexus

96 Jonathan Lucas Street

Suite: 214

MSC Code: 195

Charleston, SC 29425

SCTR Institute

Roper MOB

125 Doughty Street

Suite: 140

MSC Code: 195

Charleston, SC 29403