clemson caribbean initiativeThe Clemson Caribbean Initiative (CCI) has awarded five interdisciplinary seed grants totaling $50,000 to teams of Clemson faculty to help advance their research and scholarship, teaching and service in the Caribbean region.

Clemson is one of the few universities in the American South with a land grant mission relevant to the needs of the Caribbean. In response, the CCI was established in 2016 as a university-wide effort to promote new and ongoing collaborations between faculty, students and partners in the Caribbean. The CCI is led by Sharon Nagy, associate provost for Global Engagement and Gary Machlis, professor of Environmental Sustainability.

“Clemson University has an enthused and skilled faculty and outstanding students, with many having specialized experience and expertise useful to the Caribbean. These seed grants encourage and enable further work in the region to the benefit of both Clemson and the Caribbean” said Machlis.

The five teams selected to receive the CCI seed grants are:

The CCI interdisciplinary seed grant program was supported by Public Service and Agriculture; Office of Global Engagement; College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; and College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

“The outflow of interest in this initiative since its inception and through the current seed grant award is indicative of the long-standing and deep interests of our students and faculty in meaningful research, service and collaboration with Caribbean partners,” said Nagy. “We are confident that these seed grants will deepen our relationship and broaden our activities in the region.”