Clemson Division of Research

Applications now accepted for more R-Initiative grants

The Division of Research is now accepting applications for grants under the Faculty SUCCEEDS and Major Research Instrumentation programs.

These are two of six R-Initiative programs created to spur research activity at Clemson and open new opportunities for faculty. In the last two years, the university has invested more than $3 million through its R-Initiative programs in projects involving 161 faculty members from 36 departments representing each college.

The Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS (Strategic University Challenge for Competitive Excellence and Expertise in Discovery and Scholarship) program provides seed grants that support leading-edge research and scholarship that capitalize on the existing intellectual capital at Clemson University. Recipients are expected to submit a major research proposal ($1.5 million or more) to federal agencies, foundations, corporate consortia or any other external sponsor. The deadline to apply is Feb. 27. Awards will be announced April 15. MORE DETAILS.

The Major Research Instrumentation program provides funds to purchase, replace or upgrade major research equipment. The submission deadline is March 27. Awards will be announced May 1. MORE DETAILS.

Next spring, the Division of Research will accept applications for the Core Incentivized Access program (CU-CIA), which provides access to Clemson’s core research facilities, at no cost, to help Clemson University faculty build research data that will supplement a new grant proposal. These facilities offer cutting-edge technologies, high-end instrumentation, technical support and educational services. The application period will open Jan. 21,  and the submission deadline will be April 8. Awards will be announced May 6.  MORE DETAILS.

Next summer, the Division of Research will accept applications for the Research Fellows program, which provides grants to assist regular faculty, academic departments, centers and institutes in the hiring and training of qualified research faculty and post-doctoral researchers. The application period will open May 15, and the submission deadline will be Sept. 13. Awards will be announced Nov. 18. MORE DETAILS.

The application period is now closed for the Clemson University SEED program, which provides funding for the initiation of a research project or the completion of a product, such as a book or piece of artwork. Awards will be announced on Jan. 28.

For questions on these R-Initiative programs, contact Diana Thrasher with the Division of Research at or 864-656-3908.