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One Year Accelerate (OYA) Grants Request for Proposals

The Office of the Dean of the College of Business is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the third annual One-Year Accelerate (OYA) grants program. The OYA program is named to honor the “one-year agriculture” program that Clemson offered in the early 1900s that helped accelerate successful operations of family farms in South Carolina.

OYA’s purpose is to support collaborations that accelerate the College of Business faculty members’ ability to address significant societal problems and improve the human condition. The ideal outcome is College of Business-led nationally recognized research programs with external funding, significant awards or scientific products, or multi-year projects. These efforts should support key areas that align with Clemson’s emphasis areas:

Advanced Materials
Automotive and Transportation Technology
Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences
Information and Communication Technology
Sustainable Environment
Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Family and Community Living
General Education

However, it should be noted that these areas are for guidance only. Strong submissions that do not fall directly within these areas will also be considered.

A major goal of successful OYA grants is the submission of significant external research proposals or significant award or scientific products that bring national prominence to Clemson University and as such the OYA proposals should clearly identify the clear primary outcome as it relates to achieving this goal. It is well understood that a firm theoretical and organizational foundation must exist for competitive multi-disciplinary, and perhaps multi-institutional, proposals. OYA funding is intended to serve as a catalyst to move these projects to a point that makes them highly competitive submissions. By the nature of the targeted funding, successful proposals will likely include multiple faculty members. Therefore, participation from across departments and colleges is encouraged, however the Principal Investigator must have an appointment with the College of Business. Multi-institutional efforts will also be supported if Clemson is listed as the primary/lead institution on the targeted proposal submission.

The desired outcome of the OYA program is the submission of a major research proposal. This proposal may be submitted to federal agencies, foundations, or corporate consortia as well as considered for competitive internal funding that may be available from centers, institutes, etc. The evaluation criteria for the OYA program are primarily based on the potential for the formation of competitive teams with organizational structures and demonstrated experience that instill confidence the team can deliver significant research outcomes that address societal problems, and improve the human condition. PIs of previous OYA grants are not eligible to be PIs on new submissions unless they have already submitted a large external proposal targeted on their previous OYA grant. OYA proposals will be funded at the level of $20,000-$50,000 for teams who plan to submit large (>$1M for 3 years) external grants in the next 12 months. Smaller levels of funding, in the order of $5,000-$20,000, will also be entertained for teams who plan to submit mid-sized ($750K-$1M for 3 years) external grants in the next 12 months.

The OYA grant submission and review process will be coordinated by the College of Business Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) Support Center, with the assistance of campus leaders and others from across the institution, as appropriate, in proposal  evaluation. Given the expected interdisciplinary nature of the reviewers, which reflects the typical grant review panel, it is important that the proposals be written in a conversational manner targeted at scientist reviewers who may have a working knowledge of the field, but not be experts in the proposed research area.

The submission materials are similar in format to the university-wide internal competitions, with simple boilerplate information, short and directed narratives, proposed budgets, and project timelines. Submissions will be limited to three pages in length, excluding the cover page and budget justification. The timeline should include key dates for the targeted external proposal submission. In addition, if the target external proposal requires a letter of intent or internal competition in order to submit a full proposal, the OYA proposal narrative and timeline should include alternative funding targets should the team not be selected for full proposal submission. The OYA award project period will be July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018 for this year’s round.

Use of Funds:

The OYA funds may be used for a variety of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Faculty salary (only in RARE and justified cases)
    • Graduate stipends (note that a plan must be developed and pre-approved for covering the student’s GAD or the student must be paid grad hourly)
    • Software
    • Database access
    • Equipment or facility access to acquire key data
    • Travel to engage program managers
      • Travel to meet with collaborators from other institutions to work on proposal planning
      • Participant support / research subject incentives

Funds will be available to successful PIs maintained at the department level and managed by the college, with no F&A (indirect) costs. Cost share by departments, such as additional funds, instrument time, release time, staff or student support, is highly encouraged but not required. If departmental cost share is being provided, please explain what is being provided in the budget justification section.

Sponsored Programs Certification Requirement

Prior to release of funds, all awardees must complete the Sponsored Programs Certification. For more information and for a link to the certification, please visit

Questions about the rationale and practical matters related to the OYA program can be directed to the Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Eric Muth (

Key Dates:

  • April 15th – call for proposals sent to all College of Business faculty
  • May 15th – written proposals due in electronic form by 4:30pm
  • No later than June 30th – faculty notified of funding decisions and funds will become  available July 1st
  • If any of these dates fall on a weekend or university holiday, the due date will default to the next business day

OYA Call for Proposals
OYA Application Template