Sponsored Programs

In order to support the University’s mission and stimulate ongoing research, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) fosters the pursuit of external funding opportunities by providing oversight, training, and support to faculty and staff.

Training Resources

There are many training resources to learn more about how to apply for general or specific funding opportunities.

The below websites will take you to resources that might be helpful as you look to apply for external funding. In addition, we will begin offering training on campus in the coming months.

CITI Program

Francis Marion University has a campus license for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) which is “dedicated to serving the training needs of colleges and universities, healthcare institutions, technology and research organizations, and governmental agencies, as they foster integrity and professional advancement of their learners.” Faculty and staff can sign-up with their institutional email account and receive training certificates in a variety of areas including conflicts of interest, responsible conduct of research, FERPA, wildlife research, IRB, and IACUC.


Grants.gov offers a variety of educational resources to help in searching and applying for federal opportunities. The following may be of particular interest to those new in applying for federal grants:

National Science Foundation’s Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)CITI Program

The PAPPG is updated yearly by the National Science Foundation and outlines what applicants need to know when applying for NSF funding. They offer an annual virtual grants conference, and past conferences and webinars can be accessed online.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA has a variety of resources on their website including past conference call recordings, guides to managing your grant, and a workshop you can join.

SC Humanities Webinar

SC Humanities has a free webinar that outlines the grant writing process. SC Humanities staff also offer to review a draft proposal as long as it is sent at least two weeks before the application deadline.

SC Arts Commission

The South Carolina Arts Commission offers a variety of resources to potential grant applicants including monthly video conference sessions on a particular topic and one-on-one calls with grants staff.

Contact Us

Jennifer L. Taylor

Director of Sponsored Programs

Office: CCHS 345
Phone: 843-661-1997