The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) announced Thursday that it has awarded funding to five Clemson researchers to further develop their Clemson technologies through a newly established program, the CURF Technology Maturation Fund.
“The CURF Technology Maturation Fund is unlike any other source of funding available to Clemson faculty,” said Casey Porto, executive director of CURF. “This funding supports the last critical step that will significantly increase the likelihood of commercialization of Clemson intellectual property.”
Only Clemson faculty members are eligible for the fund while postdoctoral research associates, graduate students and undergraduate students may participate as co-investigators
Winning projects ranged from approximately $20,000 to $36,000 each.
The CURF Technology Maturation Fund was established to further enhance the research and innovation culture at Clemson while raising the awareness of Clemson research in the innovation and investment communities. Proposals were solicited through a request for proposals issued by CURF last May. CURF expects to issue another solicitation for proposals next spring.
“We congratulate the Clemson researchers who received funding in the first round of the CURF Technology Maturation Fund,” said CURF board chair Frank Landgraff. “We are excited to support innovation and investment in Clemson research, enabling more Clemson ideas to move from the lab to the marketplace.”