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Office of the Provost

Provost Grants

Internal Grants

Since 2010, the Office of the Provost has awarded more than 350 grants at USC Columbia and the regional campuses through the Internal Grant Program. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to provide funding to support full-time faculty, regardless of rank or track, in achieving their scholarship goals.


Eligible applicants include all full-time faculty, regardless of rank and track, on the USC Columbia and regional campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union). 

Principal Investigators may submit to more than one internal grant program.  However, the same proposal cannot be submitted to more than one program and principal investigators are only eligible to be funded by one program.

Prior recipients of grant awards sponsored by either the Office of the Provost or the Office of Research are not eligible to submit a proposal until they have submitted the final report for their previous award and at least one academic year has passed since the end of the previous award. Proposals may be for new or continuing (previously funded) projects. Distinction between completed and proposed work needs to be emphasized.  Among applicants with a previous provost’s grant, preference will be given to those who document productive outcomes supported by the previous grant (e.g. extramural funding, publication, performance, etc.).

Scholarly research for the preparation of a manuscript for a book will be considered by the review committee.  Textbook preparation will not be considered.

Available Funds and Project Timeline

All applications must be submitted through USCeRA by December 15, 2017.  Notices of award will be distributed by April 1, 2018.  Funded projects will begin on July 1, 2018.

Proposals, regardless of project area, are eligible for maximum funding of $20,000 per project period.  An applicant can request a project period of up to 24 months, beginning no sooner than July 1, 2018 and ending no later than June 30, 2020.  The budget request should reflect the scope and duration of the project.

The number of awards will be contingent on availability of resources, the number and quality of funding applications received and approved as well as the amount requested and allocated per application. The review committee will submit a ranked list of proposals recommended for funding to the Provost. There may be changes in funding amounts based on resources and justifications.

Project Areas

Creative and Performing Arts

The Creative and Performing Arts grant program promotes and nurtures the creative and performing arts. These competitive grants will provide support for creative activities, including but not limited to, creative writing, composition, art, performing, commissioning and recording of musical works, theatre, acting, production, dance, performance, or exhibition of creative work as well as other creative areas in which external funding for such activity is generally limited.


The Humanities grant program supports faculty development through research and scholarship in the humanities.  These competitive grants will provide support the study of how people process and document the human experience, building connections to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences grant program supports faculty development through research and scholarship achievement in the social sciences. These competitive grants will provide support for the study of the social life of human groups and individuals, of human aspects of the world.


The Pedagogy grant program supports faculty development through research and scholarship related to the science of teaching and learning.   These competitive grants will provide support for scholarly research related to instructional activities, identification of best practices for instruction, development of approaches for specific subgroups of students, or the impact of beyond-the-classroom learning experiences.

Application Procedure

Each application must be submitted through USCeRA no later than December 15, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Procedure Summary

See How to Apply for complete guidelines and submission templates.

Applications must satisfy the formatting guidelines:

  • Standard, single column format for the text
  • Line spacing (single-spaced or double-spaced)
  • Font size: 12 points (except for mathematical formulas, equations or special characters)
  • Margins: 1 inch, in all directions

Applications must include the following, submitted as a single PDF:

  1. Title page 
  2. A three-page proposal narrative
  3. Follow-up report on previous project. (If applicable) 
  4. Current and pending support (internal and external).
  5. A detailed budget for total project costs and a budget justification
  6. References
  7. Two-page biographical sketch of the principal investigator and of the co-investigator(s), if any.

Review Process

Applications that are complete and responsive to this announcement will be evaluated for merit by a committee of faculty from the respective area.

Because proposals are evaluated by an interdisciplinary peer review panel, they should be written to be understood by faculty who are not experts in the applicant’s field of studyApplicants should limit their use of jargon and acronyms whenever possible.

The committee will utilize a web-based online review program to provide ratings and comments.  Ratings will range from 1.0 (Exceptional) to 5.0 (Poor), in ½ point increments.  This rating is based on the scoring methodology used by major funding agencies and is used for all internal grant programs offered by the university.

The committee will make recommendations to the Provost based on the quality of the proposals in accordance with the following review criteria.

Scholarly and/or Creative Merit:

  • Does the proposal provide a compelling argument for the scholarship or the creative work/activity proposed?
  • Does the proposed project represent a significant contribution to the field of study? If so, how?
  • Is there a probability of a performance, exhibit, recording, juried showing, artwork, compositions, creative writing, publication or other public dissemination?

Nature of Proposal:

  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of overall project objectives?
  • Is the proposed methodology appropriate and realistic?
  • Does the proposal provide a sound justification with clear and specific budget information?
  • What is the likelihood the project goals, timeline, budget and outcomes will be accomplished?


  • Will the project lead to further scholarly activities or to further creative work/activities?
  • Does the project help build creative and/or scholarly networks and/or academic reputation for the individual and/or the university?
  • Will this project positively impact the community?

Optional Criteria:

  • If the proposal is a continuation of a previous project, does the proposal include information about the impact and successful outcomes of the previous project
  • Does the proposal reflect an interdisciplinary initiative or significant innovation?
  • Does the proposal reflect involvement of undergraduate students in a research initiative?
  • If the principal investigator had a previous provost’s internal grant on a separate topic, does the proposal include information about the impact and successful outcomes?

Acknowledging Support

The Office of the Provost requires acknowledgement of the projects it supports. An acknowledgment must be contained in any materials such as articles, books, films, radio programs, reports, as well as exhibits, events, and publicity related to the award. The acknowledgment should be similar to:

“XXX would like to acknowledge the Office of the Provost’s Internal Grant Programs at the University of South Carolina for providing funding for this research/publication/presentation.”

If you have questions regarding the forms of acknowledgment, contact the Office of the Provost Communications and Marketing coordinator, Mr. Coyet Greene at

Post Award and Reporting Requirements

All grant related expenditures must be directly charged to this account. Any expense overages become the responsibility of the department.

An account established for an internal grant funded by the Office of the Provost should not be used to offset other expenditures nor should funds be transferred from this account to offset other expenditures.

A final report including assessment of proposed project outcomes should be submitted to Mary Alexander (, no later than 90 days after the grant is completed.

Full guidelines are available on the Post Award Reporting page.