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Faculty Development

ORD provides resources critical for funding opportunities that require transformative, transdisciplinary, collaborative, and convergent research. ORD provides training in grant writing as well as customized workshops and informational sessions that target specific funding agencies or programs.

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The Office of Research Development (ORD) Clemson Career Academy provides a dedicated support structure for untenured junior faculty who are planning to submit National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) proposals.

Speaker Series

The ORD Speaker Series disseminates expert advice from former and current program officers at federal agencies and private foundations.

Proposal Development

ORD helps faculty develop high-impact, high-award, inter-college, and inter-institution proposals. Types of support include:

Management of the Proposal Development Process—ORD generates a task and time framework for team members through the proposal development process. ORD monitors progress and notifies team members of actions needed and upcoming deadlines.

Facilitation of Team Communication—ORD works with PIs to coordinate and manage meetings of proposal contributors. ORD implements best practices in team-based writing to ensure productivity and efficiency.

Strengthening of Proposal Content—Based on the solicitation, ORD staff guide the conceptual design of proposal components. ORD staff help PIs develop themes and persuasive strategies, identify strengths and weaknesses of arguments, and assist PIs in responding constructively to feedback.

Coordination of Internal and External Reviews—ORD coordinates a “red team” review process that may involve internal and/or external reviewers.

To request proposal development assistance and schedule a consultation, please complete the form at

Team Development

ORD fosters interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, convergent team research. ORD facilitates team research through several means:

Finding Collaborators—ORD suggests potential collaborators for specific proposal opportunities.

Collaborative Activities—ORD hosts events such as networking or brainstorming sessions and symposiums that respond to federal or ClemsonForward initiatives, anticipated funding opportunities, or emerging areas of interest to the community. For more information, please see our calendar of events at

Team Building—ORD provides resources to help PIs build successful proposal teams and proactively address challenges of team-based writing, such as communication and time management or integrating multiple perspectives.

Honors and Awards

ORD works with the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs to manage applications for external honors and awards for which Clemson faculty members are eligible. ORD assists with interpreting award guidelines, developing letters of nomination, and proofreading and editing all elements of the application.