Moving ClemsonForward: Increasing research activity through funding (February 26, 2019)

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Dear Colleagues,

Over the past few years, the Division of Research has worked diligently to support the research endeavors of Clemson University inventors and to increase University research activity. In an effort to promote and build the research environment at Clemson, the Division of Research made a set of funding opportunities available to Clemson researchers that foster innovative and collaborative research.

The R-Initiatives were developed to build upon the University’s reputation in research and provide opportunities for researchers to enhance the quality of their scholarly work and discoveries. In fiscal year 2017, recipients of the R-Initiative grants received funds for five new pieces of equipment supporting 117 faculty members in fourteen departments and six colleges, and they were awarded $2.5 million in additional external funding. The success of the R-Initiatives grants, and the opportunities they have afforded Clemson researchers, are strong indicators of the significant impact the R-Initiatives program has had on the University research enterprise. In support of the ClemsonForward 2020 plan and the ‘R” in REAL, the core strategy of the grant program is to refocus the research mission, grow targeted investments, raise research expectations in an effort to lay the groundwork for future success in research, and maintain the University’s Carnegie R1: Doctoral University (highest research activity) distinction.

The Division of Research has announced a call for proposals for a number of R-Initiative grants. Through these grants, researchers at Clemson will have the resources necessary to:

  • Gain access to Clemson’s core facilities at reduced cost
  • Successfully compete for significant external funding that will enhance the distinction of Clemson University in key areas of research
  • Develop cutting edge research and scholarship that capitalize on existing intellectual property at Clemson
  • Purchase, replace, or upgrade major research equipment that will impact funding, scholarship, and research productivity
  • Initiate research activities, complete a scholarly project, or advance research and development of a technology.

I encourage you to take advantage of these unique opportunities to advance your research. For more information on the R-Initiatives, visit

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South Carolina Medical Device Alliance awarded grant to develop medical technologies

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) about $750,000 in grant funding as part of the 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies Competition. This grant has been matched by other funding, totaling about $1 million. The grant will fund the South Carolina Medical Device Alliance, which is made up of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and industry leaders. The involved parties are excited to put the grant to use developing new medical technologies.

“The South Carolina Medical Device Alliance brings together a wide variety of life science expertise throughout the state to support commercialization of innovative, early-stage medical technologies coming out of our research institutions,” said Chris Gesswein, Executive Director of the Clemson University Research Foundation. “This program will embed industry knowledge and expertise early in the development phase to ensure that the medical device technologies it supports address validated market needs, which is critical to successful commercialization.”

The South Carolina Medical Device Alliance’s goal is to bring more innovative and economic growth to South Carolina. Clemson, MUSC, and the SCRA are working together to make that goal a reality. With time and dedication, the funding they just received can fuel new medical inventions and, in turn, increase quality of life of patients in South Carolina and the rest of the world.

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Clemson researcher becomes first recipient of distinguished professorship

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Dr. Igor Luzinov, a materials science and engineering professor,  has become the first recipient of the Kentwool Distinguished Professorship in Natural Fibers. The honor, named for a 176-year-old textile company that remains committed to innovation and excellence in natural fibers, specifically wool, is well deserved.

A prominent inventor, Dr. Luzinov has a long history of working with the Clemson University Research Foundation. Since arriving at Clemson 18 years ago, Luzinov has done research on natural fibers and has received several patents for his work. In addition to his many accomplishments as a researcher, Luzinov is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of inventors. An outstanding scholar and teacher, Dr. Luzinov has supported the academic and research mission of Clemson University by graduating 18 Ph.D. students, including several who have gone on to work in the textile industry. The funding Dr. Luzinov will receive from the Kentwool endowment will be used to help him and his students expand their research.

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