From the Executive Director’s Chair
Dear Clemson Colleagues,
As you can see from the headline of our newsletter, CURF has been very busy these past twelve months as we embarked on an ambitious strategic initiative to strengthen our relationship with the Clemson University Research Enterprise, broaden our technology transfer and research support offerings to Clemson faculty, and align our activities and objectives to the ClemsonForward 2020 plan. Over the past year we have engaged leaders at both the administrative and faculty level to discuss, define, and demonstrate, the value of CURF in supporting the research enterprise in the pursuit of the ClemsonForward research objectives. This evaluation has provided us the opportunity to learn about ourselves and our stakeholders, both internal and external, and the evolving research funding environment that universities are now facing.
We have made significant progress in our transition from simply operating as a technology transfer organization to a research support organization, and we recognize that we have more to do. Through this newsletter and additional follow-on communication platforms, we hope to share with you the people and processes we are putting in place to be more responsive, more innovative, and more collaborative in helping Clemson achieve its research objectives.
We will be introducing the new CURF to internal stakeholders throughout the remainder of the 2018 calendar year. In the meantime, should you have any questions, or require our assistance on matters related to intellectual property or research support, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our newly launched customer intake portal at curf.clemson.edu/curf-intake-form/.