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

The 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 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 recent years, culminating in our designation as a Carnegie R1 university. We want to build on the momentum created by the faculty, students and staff to do even greater things. These R-Initiatives help us do that,” said Vice President for Research Tanju Karanfil.

In the last fiscal year, a quarter of Clemson faculty participated in R-Initiative applications and nearly $1.5 million was invested in research on prenatal care, computational genomics, dietary therapy for gluten sensitivities, childhood education, emotional expressions, painting in the digital age, and much more. A list of last year’s recipients is posted within each grant program on the R-Initiatives webpage.

The university is seeking applications for funding through four R-1 Initiatives:

Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS (Strategic University Challenge for Competitive Excellence and Expertise in Discovery and Scholarship) 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. It provides seed grants of up to $35,000 per team to 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. Applications are due Feb. 14.

The goal for each funded Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS grant is the successful submission of significant external research proposals.

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Sandra Linder, an associate professor in the College of Education, was among the recipients of Clemson SEED grants last fiscal year.

Clemson SEED (Support for Early Exploration and Development) 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.

The deadline to apply for a Clemson SEED grant is March 7.

Laine Mears, the BMW SmartState Chair in Automotive Manufacturing, was one of the recipients of a Clemson Research Fellow grant last fiscal year.

Laine Mears, the BMW SmartState Chair in Automotive Manufacturing, was one of the recipients of a Clemson Research Fellows grant last fiscal year.

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 with the goal of pursuing a large funding opportunity, building a major research program or a research center. These grants ($30,000 to $50,000 per year for each position) 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 externally funded grants or the department. The deadline to apply is April 18.

Kyle Brinkman works in his Olin Hall lab.

Kyle Brinkman, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was among recipients of a CU-MRI grant last fiscal year.

Clemson Major Research Instrumentation (CU-MRI) program 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. The deadline to apply is May 1.

For details, guidelines and instructions for applying, visit the R-Initiatives webpage. Questions should be directed to Diana Thrasher in the Division of Research at or 864-656-6444.