Clemson Division of Research

Clemson invests $1.9M in R-Initiatives

Clemson University associate professor of plant and environmental sciences Christopher Saski (left) is among the recipients of this year's R-Initiative grants.
Clemson University associate professor of plant and environmental sciences Christopher Saski (left) is among the recipients of this year’s R-Initiative grants.

The Division of Research has awarded nearly $1.9 million through its R-Initiative programs to support projects involving 67 faculty members from 27 departments.

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.

“The R-Initiative proposals were competitive and we are pleased to invest in research across the colleges,” said Tanju Karanfil, vice president for research. “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.”

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 $1.9 million investment amounts to a 26 percent increase in R-Initiative funding from the previous fiscal year.

Grants were awarded under the following R-Initiative programs:

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. VIEW GRANT RECIPIENTS

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. VIEW GRANT RECIPIENTS

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. VIEW GRANT RECIPIENTS

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. VIEW GRANT RECIPIENTS