Upcoming Events

“Grantsmanship 101” Online Workshop

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

This online proposal development workshop sponsored by the Office of Research Development is for Clemson faculty and postdocs interested in pursuing external funding to support their research. The workshop will cover developing a project plan; identifying and talking to a program officer; the nitty gritty of writing a proposal, stepping through typical sections and discussing what each section should accomplish and mistakes to avoid; the review process; and how to interpret and respond to reviews. We will discuss universal processes and principles related to developing strong grant proposals, with examples from various funders. Participants will engage in a number of exercises during the workshop sessions, including a mock review panel. Questions and discussions will be encouraged throughout the workshop.

Workshop Leader: Lucy Deckard established her consulting firm, Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC in 2010. She works with universities and faculty across the U.S., helping them develop the skills to compete successfully for research funding. She has extensive experience helping to prepare proposals to a wide range of funders, including NSF, NIH, DoD, DARPA, DOE, DoED, NEH, IMLS, NASA and USDA.

Registration is required for this workshop and seats are limited. Please visit this website to register: https://clemson.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucuGtrDwrE9GlOGLi36OKHteoS3l28RUx

Past Events

Thursday, March 29, 2021 11:00 AM-12:30 PM


Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, or SciENcv, is an electronic system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain NSF, NIH and IES biosketches and current and pending support documents that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. ORD staff will discuss and demonstrate the functionality of SciENcv during this workshop.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Proposal Budget Basics

Building budgets for grant proposals can be confusing. With this workshop, you’ll learn about the main parts of a grant proposal budget. In addition, you can hear Dr. Lesly Temesvari, Diana Thrasher, and Dr. John Lopes discuss the perspectives of a PI, a Grants Administrator, and a Reviewer, respectively, on grant proposal budgets.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

SCRA Webinar: OPEN21 New Funding Opportunities with ARPA-E

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy recently issued an open topic funding opportunity announcement for 2021 (OPEN21) at $100M of new support.  ARPA-E supports transformational research and development across areas impacting energy and the environment.  ARPA-E issues an open topic funding opportunity once every three years in order to identify and support innovative concepts not otherwise supported in topically directed funding solicitations.   As a result, OPEN21 is an opportunity for new research and development support of technology ideas and concepts with high potential for impact in energy and the environment.

This seminar will focus on best practices and successful approaches for proposing ideas to ARPA-E. This begins with understanding the role of ARPA-E in the context of the broader R&D portfolio of science and applied energy programs.  It will provide an overview of successful approaches in prior open solicitations in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018, as well as an examination of current impact priorities at DOE and ARPA-E.  As a funding agency, ARPA-E supports work at universities, national laboratories, small-businesses, large businesses and not-for-profit research organizations.  The impact of prior ARPA-E technology focused R&D projects have included the formation of entirely new products and markets for existing companies as well as the formation of new companies that have stimulated $10’s of billions of new funding from private sources and public markets.  This seminar will be open to interested people from all sectors, with a special emphasis on attracting potential applicants who had not previously been supported by ARPA-E or the Department of Energy.    The meeting will consist of an open presentation and public discussion, followed by the opportunity for individual follow-up discussion.

The seminar will be led by Prof. Mark Johnson of Clemson University.  From 2009-2013, Prof.  Johnson was one of the first six program directors that established ARPA-E as a new funding agency.  From 2013-2017, he was the director of advanced manufacturing in the Department of Energy, where he spearheaded the establishment of the lab-embedded entrepreneurship program (ex. Cyclotron Road) as the premier entrepreneurial accelerator in energy and sustainability challenges.  With a career in government, academics and the private-sector, he has a wealth of experience advising and working with innovators from laboratory teams, to start firms, to large companies.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Meet the R-Initiatives!

R-Initiative programs are internal funding mechanisms from the Division of Research designed to nurture scholarship and discovery at Clemson University by providing funding opportunities and professional development support. Learn about each of the programs and see if they might be a good fit for you!

Presentation Slides

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:00 AM-1:30 PM

Using Logic Models for Proposal Development

Many federal agencies, including USDA, NSF, and USAID, are now requiring that proposals include logic models, but logic models are useful tools for PIs planning to submit proposals to any funder. This workshop, co-sponsored by ORD and CAFLS, will help you construct a useful logic model to guide your proposal development and project design efforts.

Presentation Slides

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Handling Rejection: Turning Reviewer Feedback into A Successful Resubmission

A multi-disciplinary faculty panel discusses how to turn reviewer feedback from a rejected proposal into a successful proposal resubmission. Moderated by Dr. Shelia Cotten.

 Presentation Slides

Thursday, October 15, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM

Finding Funding: Resources and advice on seeking funding from external sponsors

Join us on October 15th at 2pm to learn about resources available to you to find external funding for your research and service activities. A panel of speakers will also discuss their insight into seeking funding from particular sponsors including NSF, NIH, and foundations.

Presentation Slides

October 26-29, 2020

Overview of NSF CAREER Program and the 2021 ORD CAREER Academy

It’s not too soon to start thinking about submitting a CAREER proposal, and the ORD CAREER Academy will soon be accepting applications for its 2021 cohort. To help you decide if the CAREER Program and the Academy fit your needs, we’re offering a series of college-specific presentations. These are meant for junior faculty only.

Monday, October 26, 2020 3:30-4:30 PM

College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 3:30-4:30 PM

College of Science

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 3:30-4:30 PM

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Thursday, October 29, 2020 3:30-4:30 PM

College of Education ; College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; College of Business