Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS)

Sponsored Awards

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) serves as the single point-of-contact for faculty, staff and students who are seeking assistance with their research and scholarly endeavors at USC Upstate. The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support will provide the training and development, resources and administrative support that principal investigators and future principal investigators need to advance their research and scholarship and to build the University’s reputation.

Please direct questions regarding Sponsored Awards and Grant Writing to Elaine Marshall, 864-503-5331.

Please direct questions regarding Internal Faculty/Student Funding Opportunities and the Annual Research Symposium/Journal to Dr. Melissa Pilgrim, 864-503-5781.

Services provided by Sponsored Awards:
  • Find and disseminate grant opportunities
  • Assist with proposal preparation and submission
  • Provide post-award training and grants management
Quick Links
Grant Opportunities

Sponsored Awards subscribes to many grant alerts, has assembled an extensive list of grant-related web sites that provide excellent searching and researching capabilities, and works with faculty and staff to assemble application packets and upload them to USCeRA. See the “Pre Award” section for more information.

Sponsored Awards sends out e-mail notification to selected recipients as grant opportunities are announced, so please notify us if you have particular areas of interest.

The Sponsored Awards Management (SAM) office in Columbia also sends a weekly grants announcement list to faculty and staff. Send an e-mail to Gayle Haddock to be added to the list.

Grant Pre-Award

Please contact Sponsored Awards as soon as you identify a grant for which you intend to apply. Sponsored Awards can help you prepare the narrative, budget and grant forms as well as provide boilerplate information about the University. We also coordinate submission to SAM (Sponsored Awards Management) in Columbia for final processing and submission to the funding source.

Sponsored Awards researches grant sources and disseminates this information to the appropriate potential PIs (principal investigators), so please notify us if you have particular areas of interest.

Useful links:

Grant Post-Award

Although Sponsored Awards helps monitor grant account expenditures, end dates, account changes, and also serves as liaison between PIs and Contract and Grant Accounting (Columbia) to coordinate grant reporting and closeout, Principal Investigators and their departments are ultimately responsible for ensuring that all grant funds are expended in a correct and timely fashion.

Step-by-Step Grant Management

Places to see your account balance and other financial details:
Finance Intranet
Grant Closeout