Institutional Advancement

ORD’s mission is to increase Clemson’s competitiveness for large grants to fund high-impact research that contributes to the betterment of the quality of life for citizens of our state, our nation, and the world.

ORD coordinates research development activities aimed at increasing Clemson’s success rate in complex (multi-college), large (> $2 million) proposals. ORD sponsors informational sessions and provides support for proposals to prestigious, highly competitive programs, such as the following:

Beckman Young Investigator Program

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)

Several federal agencies provide funds for major research instrumentation, including NSF, NIH, and DoD. ORD helps bring together teams to apply for MRI grants that support institutional priorities. 

National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

The goal of the ERC Program is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security. ERCs create an innovative, inclusive culture in engineering to cultivate new ideas and pursue engineering discovery that achieves a significant science, technology, and societal outcome with the 10-year timeframe of NSF support. ORD coordinates the development of ERC proposals in support of institutional priorities.

National Science Foundation Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers (MRSEC)

MRSECs provide sustained support of interdisciplinary materials research and education to address fundamental problems in science and engineering. They support materials research infrastructure in the United States, promote collaboration between universities and other sectors and contribute to the development of the national network of materials research and education centers. ORD coordinates the development of MRSEC proposals in support of institutional priorities.

National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

PIRE is an NSF-wide program that funds international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high-quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. ORD coordinates the development of PIRE proposals in support of institutional priorities.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program encourages the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models of STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. ORD coordinates the development of NRT proposals in support of institutional priorities.

National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers (STC)

The STC Program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. STCs may involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports. ORD coordinates the development of STC proposals in support of institutional priorities.

Spencer Foundation

The Spencer Foundation intends to investigate ways in which education can be improved around the world. The Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement in education. The Foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program

The Keck Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas: (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering. Projects must be distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. ORD and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations coordinate the development of Keck proposals in support of institutional priorities.

To request support from ORD for these or other large-scale programs, please complete the Request for Service Form.