Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS

CLEMSON FACULTY SUCCEEDS (CU SUCCEEDS) is a competitive internal funding initiative that positions faculty to succeed at various stages of the research process. CU SUCCEEDS provides funding across four programs to support leading-edge research and scholarship that capitalize on the existing intellectual capital at Clemson University. This initiative consists of four programs: (1) Project Initiation/Seed Funding, (2) Collaborate, (3) Project Completion, and (4) Fast Track.

Program 1: Project Initiation/SEED Funding – Program 1 awards provide up to $10,000 for the initiation of research activities. This was formerly part of the CU SEED initiative. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2021 and the expectation is that recipients will use the investment to support submission of a proposal to an external agency.

Program 2: Collaborate – Program 2 provides up to $35,000 to help multi-disciplinary teams craft competitive proposals for high-value external funding. The deadline to apply is May 18, 2022 and proposals with participation from across Clemson University, including Innovation Campuses, Research and Education Centers, and Clemson Centers and Institutes, are highly encouraged.

Program 3: Project Completion – Also formerly part of the CU SEED program, this program provides up to $5,000 to support completion of a project, such as a manuscript, book, piece of art, or other product that is appropriate to the faculty member’s field of scholarship. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2021.

Program 4: Fast TrackNew in 2021, Program 4 provides up to $5,000 to support activities that will help faculty respond to short-notice external funding opportunities. Applications for Program 4 are accepted any time.  To be eligible for Program 4 funding, the RFP/solicitation must be published with a due date within two months of the publication date of the RFP/solicitation. Awardees will be notified of funding within five business days of Program 4 proposal submission.

2022 Call for Proposals


Applicant College Department Application
Allison, Kendra CBSHS School of Nursing CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Adolescent mental health assessment in primary care settings of Appalachia, South Carolina to include sexting frequency and depression indices
Bhattacharya, Sriparna COS Physics and Astronomy CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Implantable miniature displays to image dissolved O2 to monitor cancer and infection
Brumaghim, Julia COS Chemistry CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Targeting More Than Just the Metal: New Ligand Geometries for Selective Uranium Binding
Ingram-Smith, Cheryl COS Genetics and Biochemistry CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Investigation of encystation in the human pathogen Entamoeba histolytica
Kettrey, Heather CBSHS Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice CU SUCCEEDS PROGRAM 1: Understanding Straight-Cisgender Peers’ Role in Preventing Sexual Victimization of LGBTQ+ College Students: A Qualitative Exploration of LGBTQ+ Student Perceptions of Support
Melgar Jimenez, Juan Carlos CAFLS Plant and Environmental Sciences CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Understanding the Responses of Peach Roots to Increased Soil Organic Matter
Pratt, Scott CAFLS Animal and Veterinary Sciences CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: The use of epitope tags to identify tissue-specific extracellular vesicle production
Sardashti, Kasra COS Physics and Astronomy CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Micron-scale Active Microwave Couplers for Miniaturized Superconducting Quantum Circuits
Sarno, Dawn CBSHS Psychology CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Developing Pirate Tank: A Gamified Phishing Intervention
Sears, Michael COS Biological Sciences CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Keeping pace with a warming world: The ecolog-ical genomics of adaptation to climate change
Song, Bo CAFLS Forestry and Environmental Conservation CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Initiation of Long-Term Monitoring Study of Marsh Migration into Forests: Effects of sea level rise on coastal ecosystems
Walton, Jamiahus CECAS Industrial Engineering CU SUCCEEDS Tier 1: Discovering Performance Metrics of the Industrial Athlete to Reduce the Risk of Repetitive Strain Injury.
Wei, Yanzhang COS Biological Sciences CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Bifunctional fusion gene PDL1sFv/MICAe for cancer immunotherapy
Zhang, Jiangfeng CECAS Automotive Engineering CU SUCCEEDS Program 1: Electric Vehicle Optimal Charging Management at Fast Charging Stations


Applicant College Department Application
Barattoni, Luca CAAH Languages CU SUCCEEDS Program 3: The Biopolitical Turn in World Cinema Visual Landscapes of Social Power
Fasolino, Tracy CBSHS School of Nursing CU SUCCEEDS Program 3: Triangulating Outreach, Education, & Clinical Care in Appalachia South Carolina
Hislop, Maya CAAH English CU SUCCEEDS Program 3: Bodies in the Middle: Black Women, Sexual Violence, and Justice
Martinez, Nicole CECAS Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences CU SUCCEEDS Program 3: Quantitative Validation of Candidate Genes for Discriminatory Biosensing of Environmental Radiation
Rapa, Luke COE Education and Human Development CU SUCCEEDS Program #3: Advancing Critical Consciousness Scholarship through Forthcoming CUP-SPSSI Edited Volumes
Walker, Erica COB Graphic Communications CU SUCCEEDS Program 3: A comparison of printing processes for fine art photography on non-paper substrates

Below are the PI lead teams from previous SUCCEEDS grants that can be contacted with questions regarding their projects.

2020 Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS Award Winners

Root transcriptomes at the level of single cells

  • Led by Dr. Julia Frugoli in the department of Genetics and Biochemistry

2019 Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS Award Winners

CPS for the Power System Control and Operation Center of the Future

  • led by Dr. Johann Enslin in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

An Integrated High-Performance Data-Driven Analytics Framework for Dynamic Security Assessment in Future Power Grid

  • led by Dr. Shuangshuang Jin in the School of Computing

Real time detection of bacterial load in patient and operating room environments

  • led by Dr. Goutam Koley in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Understanding and Reducing Cognitive Errors in Reading Complex Design Regulations of Resilient Transportation Infrastructure

  • led by Dr. Tuyen (Robert) Le in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering

2018 Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS Award Winners

Next Generation IoT Hardware Security for Resilient Smart Grid and ICT Infrastructures

  • led by Dr. G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy in Holcombe Electrical and Computer Engineering

Clemson MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers)

  • led by the MRSEC PI

2017 Clemson Faculty SUCCEEDS Award Winners

A Pilot Study to Examine the Metabolic and Epigenetic Responses to A Novel Prenatal Care Intervention

  • led by Dr. Liwei Chen in the Department of Public Health Sciences

An HPC-Backed Interactive Visualization Instrument Enabling Collaborative Computational Genomics and Virtual Reality Research

  • led by Dr. Brygg Ullmer in the School of Computing

Novel Dietary Therapy for the Gluten Syndrome

  • led by Dr. Sachin Rustgi in the Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences