R-Initiatives 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 more than  $6 million in research projects involving 418 faculty members. These funds have helped faculty secure $14 million in additional external funding, acquire 20 new pieces of instrumentation, publish 10 books and 66 journal articles, and conduct 10 art exhibitions. Additionally, funds have helped 97 students earn PhDs and have assisted in the hiring of 23 postdocs and research faculty.

Funding Opportunities

  • Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
  • Clemson Research Fellows
  • Clemson Core Incentivized Access (CU-CIA)
  • External Review Initiative
  • Sponsor Travel Grants
  • Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant
  • Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS
  • Clemson SEED

Services and Tools

  • Research Assets Search Tool
  • Research Symposium
  • CAREER Academy
  • Faculty Insight
  • Limited Submissions

Awards and Recognitions

  • Researcher of the Year
  • University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award (URSAAA)
  • Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research