Clemson: A Perennial R1 Institution

Tanju Karanfil

I am excited to share that Clemson was reconfirmed as a Carnegie R1 research university in January. This is the top designation Carnegie awards to doctoral universities with the highest levels of research activity. A key goal of the ClemsonForward strategic plan, the R1 designation improves our reputation, helps us recruit the best students and […]

November 2021: Increasing Activity and Impact

Tanju Karanfil

As our research enterprise continues to grow, the scholarly community is increasingly recognizing the quality of your work and using your research to advance scholarship and discovery around the world. Those are the key points in my fiscal year-end report to the University’s Board of Trustees. Fiscal Year 2021 was another banner year for our […]

Remaining inspired despite challenges

Tanju Karanfil

Seeing so many colleagues and the students back on campus has really been inspiring. Though I must say, all of you involved in research at Clemson have remained inspired throughout one of the most challenging years I can remember. Consider the momentum we have maintained in fiscal year 2021: Competitive research expenditures increased 9 percent […]

Celebrating another academic year; and this time in person!

Tanju Karanfil

For the past year, I have been living my professional life through a tiny square video screen on my computer. Adjusting to Zoom was difficult at first. Feedback would ring through our speakers when we didn’t mute our microphones. We would speak at the same time and then sit awkwardly silent while waiting for the […]

February 2021: Continuing to Move ClemsonForward

Tanju Karanfil

You continue to make big news, despite the unrelenting pressures of a global health pandemic that has uprooted all of our norms. Consider a few examples of the major accomplishments I was able to report to the University’s Board of Trustees last month: The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a 10-year, $3.8 billion contract for […]

Jan. 2021: An Invitation and R-Initiative Reminder

Clemson University Vice President for Research Tanju Karanfil wearing a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Last spring, we missed one of, in my opinion, the highlights of the academic year: our annual Research Symposium. I greatly enjoy the camaraderie the Symposium provides: meeting with faculty from other disciplines, sharing ideas, brainstorming, learning, celebrating our successes while game-planning for new opportunities. In addition to numerous interdisciplinary workshops, panel discussions and networking […]

Nov. 2020: Key updates as online instruction is set to resume

Clemson University Vice President for Research Tanju Karanfil wearing a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19

This has been an incredible semester, one unlike any other in my 24 years at Clemson. I am increasingly proud of how you have navigated the challenges brought on by COVID-19, and I want you to know we are working to provide support. First, I want to share my gratitude. Despite COVID-19, institutional research expenditures […]

Sept. 2020: Extraordinary work during the COVID-19 pandemic

Clemson University Vice President for Research Tanju Karanfil wearing a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19

This fiscal year, Clemson University faculty collectivity submitted $734 million in research proposals, a 23 percent increase from the prior year. Your productivity in the months on-campus access was limited was extraordinary. As you juggled online instruction, uncertain funding guidelines, childcare, remote working and many more matters that I’m sure I am forgetting, you did […]

May 2020: Thank you. Hang in there. Be ready.

Tanju Karanfil

I want to thank you again for your patience and perseverance as we continue to manage a major disruption to our personal and professional lives. Your response to this unprecedented challenge has been inspiring. You have adjusted to online instruction here at Clemson, while in some cases homeschooling your children, too. You are juggling work-from-home […]

Jan. 2020: Something Special is Happening at Clemson

Tanju Karanfil

The growth in our research enterprise is being noticed. In December, President Clements was contacted by a PhD student studying higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania. The student is researching Carnegie R2 universities who achieved R1 status in 2015 and had that status reaffirmed in 2018. Clemson, of course, fits the bill. “And, […]

Dec. 2019: Proper Planning is Crucial to be Successful

Tanju Karanfil

As this semester comes to a close, I want to congratulate you on your successes this past year. Our research enterprise continues to post strong growth, with annual competitive expenditures topping $100 million for the first time. Read more about the state of Clemson research in my latest report to the Board of Trustees here. […]

September 2019: Welcome Back!

Tanju Karanfil

  I hope you had a restful summer break following what was a very productive year for our research enterprise. During Fiscal Year 2019, we achieved two key goals of our ClemsonForward strategic plan: Our Carnegie R1 status among the nation’s most active research universities was confirmed. Our competitive research expenditures (Fund 20) topped $100 […]