R-Initiative programs nurture scholarship and discovery at Clemson University by providing funding opportunities and professional development support, while recognizing excellence through awards programs.

Since launching R-Initiatives in 2017, Clemson University has invested nearly $6 million in research projects involving 250 faculty members. These funds have helped faculty secure $5 million in additional external funding, acquire 14 new pieces of instrumentation, publish 8 books and 27 journal articles, and conduct 8 art exhibitions. Additionally, funds have helped 57 students earn PhDs and have assisted in the hiring of 18 postdocs and research faculty.