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Office of Sponsored Awards Management

Managed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, is an E-Government initiative that facilitates 1,000 different grant programs across more than two dozen federal grant-making agencies

Principal investigators (PIs) may use to search for opportunities, download proposal packages and instructions. USC does not use the Workspace fature, so PIs should download the proposal package and complete it using an approved version of Adobe Reader. It is important to read and follow the funding opportunity instructions since different agencies require different information and have their own formatting requirements.

PIs coordinate with their SAM administrators throughout the process to make sure all parts of the application are created and submitted smoothly and on time. To ensure timely proposal submission, PIs should submit their proposals for final “Institutional Review” in USCeRA a minimum of three business days before the proposal submission deadline [pdf].


Getting Started with

Go to and click on the Search Grants tab. Enter the search criteria and click the Search button.

The system requires certain security settings and the use of specific versions of Adobe reader. (There is more than one compatible version.) To review these technical requirements, check your workstation compatibility and find links to download the necessary software, visit the Adobe Software Compatibility page.