Simona Onori, an assistant professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering, works in her lab at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

Simona Onori, an assistant professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering, works in her lab at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

The Division of Research has announced more than $1 million in new internal funding opportunities for faculty across the university.

The new R-Initiative funds are part of the ClemsonForward strategic plan, representing the “R” of the REAL priorities – Research, Engagement, the Academic core and the Living environment.

The new funding fosters cross-disciplinary, team-focused research and lays a foundation for future success with support for faculty and infrastructure investments to make that work possible.

“Research at Clemson achieved a lot of success in 2016. We want to build on the momentum created by the faculty, students and staff to do even greater things,” said Vice President for Research Tanju Karanfil. “Clemson is moving forward, and these funds will help fuel the fires of our progress.”

“These research grants are one of the first pieces of ClemsonForward that will directly support the efforts of individual faculty and faculty teams,” said Ellen Granberg, Clemson’s associate provost and one of the strategic plan’s co-chairs. “They are intended to build our on our success and take the university to another level.”

“The R-Initiative funds are a signal to the Clemson Family, and to the world, that Clemson is dedicated to investing in our future,” said Robert Jones, Clemson’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “We are fortunate to have incredibly talented faculty, students and staff, and we know they will accomplish great things under the ClemsonForward strategic plan.”

There are five focus areas for R-1 Initiatives:

Research has lead Clemson professor Susanna Ashton to discover that fugitive slave John Andrew Jackson stayed with author Harriet Beecher Stowe just she wrote ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’

Research has lead Clemson professor Susanna Ashton to discover that fugitive slave John Andrew Jackson stayed with author Harriet Beecher Stowe as she wrote ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’
Image Credit: Craig Mahaffey | Clemson University

Clemson Faculty Succeeds positions interdisciplinary faculty teams to successfully compete for significant external funding ($1.5 million or more) that will enhance the stature and distinction of the university in all key areas of research, scholarship and creative activities at Clemson University. It provides seed grants that support leading-edge research and scholarship that capitalizes on the existing intellectual capital at Clemson. Preference is given to projects that are multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional and that advance the ClemsonForward strategic innovation clusters: advanced materials; cyber infrastructure and big data science; energy, transportation and advanced manufacturing; human resilience; health innovation; and the sustainable environment.

The sole goal for each funded CU Faculty Succeeds grant is the successful submission of significant external research proposals.

Clemson Research Fellows provides grants to assist regular faculty, academic departments, centers and institutes in the hiring and training of qualified research faculty and post-doctoral researchers. Researchers may be hired to promote collaborative and creative interdisciplinary activities, research and demonstration projects, build a center or program or pursue a large funding opportunity. These grants may run for a maximum of two years; at the end of the two-year period, the researcher position is expected to be fully supported by the externally funded grants or the department.

Some of the nation's top research into the electrical grid and wind turbine drivetrains is happening at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston.

Some of the nation’s top research into the electrical grid and wind turbine drivetrains is happening at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston.

Clemson Major Research Instrumentation provides financial support to researchers for the purchase of major research equipment or to replace or upgrade major research equipment that will likely impact funding, scholarship and research productivity, and the probability of increased extramural funding. The equipment will have a useful life of at least five years and cost more than $50,000.

Clemson Seed provides two tiers of funding support to eligible Clemson faculty in either the initiation of research activities or the completion of a scholarly project or product. Priority consideration is given to faculty who may not have large start-up packages or significant financial research support and resources. Initiation activities can include establishing baseline data, completing a phase of a research project that will lead to greater funding opportunities or developing research partnerships with collaborators at other institutions.

In Tier-1 awards, projects or products for completion can include finalizing peer-reviewed publications, scholarly books, chapters in books, or showings as in the case of the visual and performing arts.

Tier-2 initiation awards must include a proposal to an external funding agency as one of its deliverables. This program replaces the University Research Grants Committee (URGC) proposal call.

NSF Engineering Research Centers awards small grants to assist eligible Clemson faculty teams in pursuit of funding from the National Science Foundation ERC program. Successful proposals will bring together multiple partners engaging in large-scale, long-term innovative, transformative and complex projects. The outcomes of the program are the successful submission of pre-proposals and full proposals, if invited, to the NSF.

For details, guidelines and instructions for applying go to the R-Initiatives web page.

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