Boosted by $200,000 in funding from SC Launch!, the University of South Carolina is forming a partnership to establish a research site for hydrogen fuel technology.

USC is working with Collexis as well as SC Launch! to create a “dashboard,” or virtual library. Access to the site will be free of charge.

Collexis has worked with the university on research in health sciences, computer sciences and engineering.

"We are very excited about this new collaboration because it will provide our research community with the most advanced information and discovery tools for hydrogen fuels and give them a unique edge," said Harris Pastides, USC vice president for research and health sciences. "Moreover, it will enhance the University of South Carolina’s international leadership position and brand in alternative fuel research. These partnerships that combine our faculty expertise with corporate partners like Collexis bring tremendous opportunities to the university and to Columbia.

SC Launch! is a program launched by the S.C. research Authority to help commercialize discoveries and research at the state’s three major research universities.

Collexis also will work with USC to develop seven other topics in alternative energy. The company is based in Columbia. Founded in 1999, it has developed patented research technology to “fingerprint” documents, Web sites and other digitized content to help researchers find more efficiently data that is more relevant.