Investing in innovation

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Dear Colleagues, 

As the facilitator of technology transfer at Clemson University, our goal is to help Clemson faculty, staff, and students move their innovative technologies out of the classroom and into the market. With the year swiftly coming to a close, and a new year upon us, I want to remind you of all the resources we have available to assist you in accelerating the commercialization of your technology.  

In an effort to advance your research, we offer two unique funding opportunities designed to support the development and implementation of new technologies. 

Our Technology Maturation Fund, unlike any other source of funding available to Clemson faculty, offers researchers additional support as they embark on the crucial last stage needed to move their technologies from innovation to commercialization. Since its inception in 2014, more than $870,000 in maturation funds have been awarded to Clemson researchers. 

In addition to the Technology Maturation Fund, we have recently instituted a new funding program that provides healthcare-focused grants to researchers. The new Innovation Maturation Fund program is intended to foster growth and market implementation of novel health science innovations.

As always, we are here to support your innovations by protecting, maturing, and marketing your technologies, and are committed to investing in you and your research. I hope you will find these resources useful as you continue to advance your research portfolio. 

If you need assistance with any aspect of your research journey, please fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Have a safe and happy holiday season! 

Best, 

Chris

Connecting research with industry

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Dear Colleagues,

On October 22, we hosted the first event of our “INSPIRE” series. The Innovation Series for Partnering Industry with the Research Enterprise (INSPIRE) offers a number of targeted events designed to support and enhance both new and existing relationships between Clemson University’s research enterprise and industrial partners. The first event of the series, the SBIR/STTR Workshop, offered attendees the opportunity to learn the various aspects of writing Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

The event featured 3PhaseSC, a resource created by the South Carolina Department of Commerce aimed at assisting South-Carolina based companies with successfully acquiring SBIR/STTR funding, who highlighted the countless federal agencies who provide small business funding, and the strategies to find and secure that funding. Additional speakers included: South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), i4 Series, Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE), SCORE, Clemson University Office of Industrial Contracts and Office of Sponsored Programs, Recovr, Inc., and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Thank you to everyone who attended the SBIR/STTR Workshop. As the facilitator of technology transfer, we are working to continually create opportunities for you to connect and collaborate with industry partners to develop your research. Be on the lookout for more upcoming INSPIRE events!

For more information on INSPIRE and upcoming events, contact us directly at cuinspire@clemson.edu.

Best regards,

-Chris

Celebrating innovative research

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Dear Colleagues, 

This Tuesday, we hosted our annual Patent Awards event. The awards program is our way of celebrating the drive for innovation and research at Clemson University. At this year’s ceremony, we honored researchers in a variety of areas including agriculture, bioengineering, and chemistry, who either received a patent or commercialized a technology in 2018. 

This past year, we added 16 issued patents to our growing portfolio of 166 issued patents available for licensing. Among the patents issued to the inventors were technologies that improve building construction, reduce biofouling in water systems, and inhibit corrosion of metal substrates. In addition to the patent awards, 7 Inventor’s Club Awards were given to innovators who commercialized a technology in 2018. We were also honored to recognize KIYATEC, Inc. for being selected to participate in the exclusive University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase that took place on Capitol Hill on April 10.

Congratulations to all the inventors for their hard work and significant contributions to the Clemson University research enterprise. 

For more information on the 2019 Patent Awards, click here.

Best, 

Chris