The Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund was established in 2000 by the State of South Carolina legislature (Bill S54 44-38-510) to promote research to develop better understanding of causes and effective treatment strategies for paralysis, sensory loss, and other consequences of spinal cord injury and disease. The Fund is funded by a $100 per DUI surcharge, first received in March of 2001. As of May 30, 2011, the Fund had raised $7,902,670.60. The average monthly amount collected has been approximately $62,600.
The Fund is governed by a seven member board appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the President of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). It is comprised of two medical doctors from MUSC; two medical doctors at large specializing or significantly engaged in the treatment of spinal cord injury; two members who have a spinal cord injury or a family member; and one at large medical doctor who is a member of the South Carolina Medical Association.