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Institutional Advancement

ORD manages activities intended to increase Clemson’s competitiveness in proposal competitions. These activities include competitions for internal funding and research development events aimed at building Clemson’s research enterprise.


Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS Program provides seed grants to position faculty to compete successfully for external funding. Preference is given to multi-disciplinary, inter-institutional projects that advance the ClemsonForward strategic innovation clusters.

Clemson Research Fellows Program expands Clemson University’s research capacity by providing grants to assist regular faculty, academic departments, colleges, centers, and institutes in the hiring and training of qualified new research faculty and postdoctoral researchers.

Clemson Major Research Instrumentation Program offers financial support for the purchase of major research equipment that will likely impact funding, scholarship, and research productivity and improve the probability of increased extramural funding.

Clemson SEED Grant Program offers financial support to eligible Clemson faculty for the initiation or completion of a scholarly project or product. Priority is given to faculty who may lack large start-up packages and/or significant research support and resources.

NSF Engineering Research Centers Program funds small grants to assist eligible Clemson faculty teams in the pursuit of funding from the NSF ERC program.

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Major Funding Opportunities

ORD offers research development activities aimed at increasing Clemson’s success rate in complex (multi-college), large (> $2 million) proposals. ORD sponsors informational sessions and provides follow-up support for such prestigious, highly competitive proposals.

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