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Division Overview

The Division of Research strives to support faculty and students who continue to push the boundaries of scholarship and discovery at Clemson, a Carnegie R1 research institution. Our mission is to enhance Clemson’s reputation as a world-class research institution, while promoting a culture of discovery and excellence in a collaborative, diverse, safe and inclusive environment. The Division nurtures research activity at Clemson through its R-Initiative funding programs and celebrates excellence through the Researcher of the Year program and the University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards. The Division assists faculty in pursuing competitive research funding, managing awards, navigating complex regulation and compliance matters, collaborating with industry, and commercializing technologies. Additionally, the Division operates four core research facilities that offer world-class equipment and highly trained staff.

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Current Updates and Calendar Events

  • Grant writing, budget preparation and research funding workshops offered by ORD

    The Office of Research Development has planned several professional development opportunities for the 2023-24 academic year. The workshops will be offered in-person on the Clemson main campus. Personnel located on other Clemson campuses can reach out to us at to discuss other ways to access. 

    Check out the new TigerSphere 2024: Mobility and Aging session.

  • R-Initiative Funding Updates

    The Division of Research has announced application deadlines for the 2023-24 school year for its R-Initiative funding programs. R-Initiative investments nurture research, scholarship and creative endeavors across all disciplines by helping faculty purchase equipment, hire postdoctoral researchers, utilize core facilities and complete books, journal articles, artwork and other scholarly products.

    View 2024 CU-MRI awardees.

    For more information visit our R-Initiatives page.

  • Quarterly Research Report
    The quarterly Research Report to the University’s Board of Trustees highlights institutional research activity and achievements. More information.
  • DOD policy for risk-based security reviews

    Researchers seeking funding from the U.S. Department of Defense may need plans to mitigate the risk of unwanted foreign influence. Per the new “Policy for Risk-Based Security Reviews of Fundamental Research,” proposals selected for technical merit will be reviewed for potential conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment that could compromise national security or competitiveness. Any risks identified must be addressed. More information.

  • New representatives at our Faculty Advisory Board

    Our Faculty Advisory Board has several new representatives this year. The board provides valuable insight on opportunities for improving research operations and culture at Clemson. They also plan the annual Research Symposium. The board includes one faculty member from each college and the Libraries. These faculty serve as your liaison to the VPR office. You are welcome to meet your representative


    Srikanth Pilla and Richard Boyles


    Srikanth Pilla and Richard Boyles

    Meet the 2023 Senior Researcher and Junior Researcher

    2023 Researcher of the Year

    Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DEI)

    Discover Me

    A DEI Initiative Program

    Clemson University is undergoing a process whereby every academic, administrative and governance unit are implementing strategic plans that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The “Discovering Me” Program is a part of our Division of Research’s Inclusive Excellence Plan. The goal of this program is to recognize and celebrate the unique and varied backgrounds of the people who make the Division of Research run!

    View the DEI site
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