Advancing technology (January 29, 2019)

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Dear Clemson Colleagues,

The beginning of a new year always offers a great opportunity to start fresh and set new goals for the year ahead. As you embark on new and continued research endeavors in 2019, I wanted to remind you of the funding opportunity the Clemson University Research Foundation offers to faculty to support further development and commercialization of technologies generated from your research at Clemson University. The CURF Technology Maturation Fund is a unique program, that provides funding to support critical applied technology development activities needed to mature the technology for industry adoption and commercialization or pursuit of follow-on federal or industry sponsored research opportunities. 

Through the Technology Maturation Fund, we provide targeted investments that aide Clemson researchers in maturing their respective technologies and attracting industry partners for further sponsored research support or  commercial licensing. This past year, we awarded funding to seven faculty researchers from five different departments. The awards ranged between $5,000 and $60,000 depending upon the development steps required.

This spring, we will be accepting proposals for the fiscal year 2020 Technology Maturation Fund. If you are looking to advance your technology toward commercialization, I encourage you to submit a proposal. To learn more about the Technology Maturation Fund program and what is required, please see the Maturation Fund article in this newsletter and visit our website.

An innovative transition (November 19, 2018)

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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/.