CURF Maturation Fund

Funding innovation and
accelerating commercialization



Accelerating Commercialization

The Technology Maturation Fund is a program managed by CURF, and unlike any other source of funding available to Clemson faculty, the sole purpose of this funding is to support the last critical step that will significantly increase the likelihood of commercializing Clemson intellectual property.


We accept proposals from any Clemson faculty member who has had interactions with CURF via the invention disclosure and patenting or copyright process for the maturation of their already disclosed intellectual property.

While postdoctoral research associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students may participate as co‐investigators, they are not eligible to lead a project as the principal investigator.

    First Steps

    As a first step in preparing a maturation fund proposal, please consult with your Technology Commercialization Officer (TCO) about your desire to participate. Your TCO will be able to provide information about the process and help you to prepare your proposal to its best advantage. Submitted proposals are evaluated by criteria such as relationship to existing intellectual property at CURF, a demonstrated path to commercialization, and technical merit of the project.

    Fiscal Year 2019 Recipients

    Dr. Jeremy Mercuri


    Dr. Mercuri  to further develop a new biomimetic osteochondral construct to be used in the repair of critically sized focal osteochondral defects through testing. TThis method doesn’t suffer from the traditional drawbacks many other treatments do that can lead to lower quality repair tissue, complications at the donor site, higher costs and the inability to integrate repair tissue with the surrounding healthy tissue.

    Dr. Mark Roberts

    Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering

    Dr. Roberts will continue development of a new type of electrode material for energy storage that allows faster charge transfer rates and more than a five-fold increase in power density relative to redox flow batteries. This new material provides a more efficient, inexpensive process with less voltage loss and the ability to use more abundant metals.

    Dr. Christopher Saski

    Plant and Environmental Sciences 

    Dr. Saski will advance a new biotechnology involving extra-chromosomal circular DNA in the Amaranthus palmeri plant species. This technology enables targeted gene amplification and the engineering of the expression of complex crop genes to exhibit agronomically beneficial traits.

    Dr. Erica Walker

    Graphic Communications

    Dr. Walker in collaboration with Hudson Smith, research associate in analytical systems and applications, to continue development of ColorNet, a color-management system based on Neural Networks, which takes in color-incorrect images and automatically outputs color-correct images when displaying brand colors on Jumbotrons. This correction alters only brand-specific sections of the image, as improperly displayed brand colors can negatively impact the brand and fan experience.

    Dr. Daniel Whitehead


    Dr. Whitehead will further develop a new method for the synthesis of diazacyclobutene molecules. This technology produces an effective concentration of drug capable of killing 50% of blood-stream form parasites in observed cultures. This molecular scaffolding has the potential to manage Human African Trypanosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease with only a handful of effective drug therapies, most of which cause significant, even lethal, adverse side effects.

    Dr. Dan Simionescu


    Dr. Simionescu will continue development of a technology that efficiently seeds cells into scaffolds or tissues at multiple locations with high efficacy. This technology can seed millions of cells in a controlled pattern via a roller, which can improve regenerative medical and cellular therapy techniques. *This project was funded in conjunction with the department of bioengineering.*

    Dr. Victor Zordan

    School of Computing

    Dr. Zordan willcontinue the exploration of computer-controlled embroidery design and stitching, which covers the making of purposeful, precision changes to material properties of a base textile. This technique can increase the local tensile strength of a 4-way-stretch fabric, up to 10 times the original amount, to create tailored distributions of mechanical properties in the resulting embroidered materials.

    **We are currently not accepting Maturation Fund proposals.