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. Kendall Kirk

    Edisto Research and Education Center

    Dr. Kirk will pursue construction of five pre-production hay yield monitor prototypes to be used in test and evaluation field trials. The monitoring system, which can be retro-fitted to existing hay balers currently in the market, will allow hay growers to generate precision yield data for zones within a specific field.

    Dr. Alexey Vertegel


    Dr. Vertegel will further develop a polymeric coating that can cling to metal implants. The technology can significantly reduce the burden of orthopedic implant pin site infections through the utilization of highly adhesive anti-microbial drug-eluting polymeric coatings.

    Dr. Liang Dong

    Electrical and Computer Engineering 

    Dr. Dong will create efficient all-solid photonic bandgap fiber lasers based on a three-level laser scheme system. The system, which operates at a 976nm wavelength, will improve scale precision processes in industrial micro-machining.

    Dr. Igor Luzinov

    Materials Science and Engineering

    Dr. Luzinov will further develop a textile dyeing and finishing technology, created in conjunction with the University of Georgia (UGA), for exceptionally efficient and sustainable textile dyeing machinery using nanocellulosic (NC) fibers. The refined technology will decrease the amount of water, salt and alkali used in cotton/blended fabric dyeing processes to mitigate the environmental impact of these by-products.

    Dr. Christopher Post

    Forestry and Environmental Conservation

    Dr. Post will further develop a commercial color sensor smart-phone application that can be used for soil evaluation. Assessment of soil color has traditionally been accomplished by matching soil color with color ‘chips.’ This innovative color sensor will greatly improve the soil classification process.

    Dr. Dan Simionescu


    Dr. Simionescu will continue development of vascular grafts that are resistant to diabetes. Numerous surgeons use small diameter synthetic grafts during bypass surgery to salvage failing limbs or hearts in diabetic patients; however, many of these grafts fail dramatically in diabetic patients.

    Dr. Jiro Nagatomi


    Dr. Nagatomi will work to develop a novel mesh-adhesive system for abdominal hernia repair by combining a bifunctional polyamine hydrogel adhesive with a surface modification technology. This method does not have the drawbacks of traditional processes used to repair abdominal hernias and will be valuable in delivering a patient-specific solution for hernia repair.

    **We are currently not accepting Maturation Fund proposals.