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TIGER Grants: Tentative for 2016-2017

The Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the  Transformative Initiative for Generating Extramural Research (TIGER) grants program. 

Proposal Documents:
Call for Proposals | Proposal Processing Form Budget Form

The purpose of the TIGER Grants program is to provide financial support for the establishment, or expansion, of multidisciplinary collaborations which will lead to the development of more competitive, center-type proposals and significant collaborative proposals. These efforts should support areas that align with Clemson's Emphasis Areas.

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

The sole outcome of successful TIGER grants is the submission of significant external research proposals and as such the TIGER proposals should clearly identify this as their primary outcome. It is well understood that a firm technological and organizational foundation must exist for competitive multi-disciplinary, and perhaps multi-institutional, proposals. TIGER funding is intended to serve as a catalyst to move these projects beyond the point of criticality for highly competitive submissions. By the nature of the targeted funding, proposals must include multiple faculty from at least two different departments and proposals with participation from across engineering and science are encouraged. Multi-institutional efforts may also be supported if Clemson is listed as the primary/lead institution on the targeted proposal submission.

The primary outcome of the TIGER-program is the submission of a major research proposal. This proposal may be submitted to federal agencies, foundations, or corporate consortia. The evaluation criteria for the TIGER program are primarily based on the potential for the formation of competitive teams with organizational structures that provide confidence in the delivery of high-quality targeted external proposals. PIs of current TIGER grants are not eligible to be PIs on new submissions unless they have already submitted the large external proposal targeted on their current TIGER grant. TIGER proposals will be funded up to $20,000 for teams who plan to submit large (>$1.5M for 3 years) external grants in the next 12 months. Smaller level of funding in the order of $5-10,000 will also be entertained for teams who plan to submit mid-sized ($750-1.5M for 3 years) external grants in the next 12 months.

The TIGER grant submission and review process will be coordinated by the Dean’s Advisory Council and ADRGS office, with the assistance of campus leaders and others from across the institution as appropriate in proposal evaluation. The initial submission materials will be 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. 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 TIGER proposal narrative and timeline should include alternative funding targets should the team not be selected for full proposal submission. Proposing teams will also be required to make brief (5 slides/8 minutes maximum) presentations to the evaluation panel on the vision and goals of the proposed effort and the specific outcome during finals week. The forms and templates can be downloaded at the ADRGS Site. 

Should the target external proposal require either a letter of intent or internal competition prior to full proposal submission, the TIGER proposal narrative/timeline must include alternative funding targets if the team is not selected to move ahead. During finals week, proposing teams will also be required to make brief presentations (5 slides/8 minutes maximum) to convey the vision, goals and specific outcomes of the proposed effort to the evaluation panel.

Use of Funds:
The funds cannot be used to pay faculty salaries during the academic year or summer salaries.
The TIGER funds may be used for a variety of activities including (but not limited to):

  • 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
  • Hiring of proposal development staff or consultants

The TIGER grants are not intended to support graduate student stipends. However, in rare cases, graduate stipend support for specific project-related activities will be considered for funding only if there is a clear and detailed justification of how the student will fit into the multidisciplinary team, what the student will be expected to achieve in the limited time on the TIGER funds, how this work is absolutely necessary for the success of the eventual external submission, and why this work cannot be obtained with the student funded on some other mechanism.

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

Questions about the rationale and practical matters related to the TIGER program can be directed to Associate Professor Delphine Dean (, Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Douglas Hirt (, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies or Grants Administrator Brandon Smith (

Tentative Dates for 2016-2017

Oct 3 – Call

Nov 21 – Written proposals due

Dec 2 – five slide presentation due

Dec 6 – faculty notified of schedule

Dec 12–3 – Oral Presentations

Dec 16 – funding decisions