About CURF                                 
        Creating a pathway 
   for innovation


The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) serves as the translator between the research enterprise and the external stakeholder (e.g. company, entrepreneur, investor, community, etc.) and is the pathway through which they can engage. CURF manages the process of moving Clemson’s hundreds of innovative technologies from the laboratory into commercial markets – otherwise known as technology transfer. 

Maximizing opportunities

As the facilitator of technology transfer at Clemson University, CURF works to maximize opportunities for Clemson University researchers and provide a pathway for faculty and students to use their innovations in a way that will impact South Carolina and beyond. 

Supporting research initiatives

In 2016, Clemson University was given the Carnegie R1 – Highest Research Activity classification, making it one of the most active research institutions in the nation. 
In an effort to support this classification, CURF generates research funding opportunities for Clemson University to advance university created discoveries into new products and services for public use and benefit.

History & background

Established in 1981, CURF is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. The Clemson University Research Foundation operate for the benefit of, to perform the functions of, and to carry out the purposes of Clemson University.

Governed by a Board of Directors drawn from leaders in the public and private sectors, CURF acts as the legal recipient of certain gifts, contracts, and grants from public and private industry, non-profits, and government agencies for the performance of research and educational activities associated with Clemson University.