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Office of the Provost


Provost Grants

Internal Grants

Since 2010, the Office of the Provost has awarded more than 450 grants at USC Columbia and the Regional Palmetto Colleges 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.

Project Areas

Scholarship Grants

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.

Humanities

The Humanities grant program supports faculty development through research and scholarship in the humanities. These competitive grants will provide support for 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.

Pedagogy

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.


Visiting Scholar Grants

The Visiting Scholar Grant Program (VSGP) supports short visits to USC Columbia by distinguished scholars for the dual purpose of enriching and advancing the scholarly and creative endeavors of faculty and students. Visiting scholars supported under this program should enrich teaching, research and creative activities on campus by providing lectures, workshops, seminars, performances and mentoring of USC students and faculty.

In addition, visiting scholars are expected to catalyze the teaching, research and creative activities of USC faculty and students through collaborations aiming to produce tangible scholarly products such as new course materials for online or face-to-face instruction; textbook, monograph or journal manuscripts; or art, recordings and other creative works.

The strongest proposals for short visits of individual scholars should support both broad enrichment of the local community of scholars, as well as advancement of collaboration that accelerates progress of a specific scholarly objective or product.

Eligibility and Additional Requirements

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.).


Scholarship Grants

(Creative and Performing Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Pedagogy)
Eligible applicants include all full-time faculty, regardless of rank and track, at USC Columbia and the Regional Palmetto Colleges (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, and USC Union). Scholarly research for the preparation of a manuscript for a book will be considered by the review committee.  Textbook preparation will not be considered.


Visiting Scholar Grants

Eligible applicants include all full-time faculty, regardless of track or rank, on the USC Columbia Campus. The faculty member nominating the visiting scholar will serve as sponsor and academic liaison during the length of the visiting scholar's stay. The department hosting the visiting scholar will designate a staff member in the department to facilitate normal activities with the visiting scholar.

Visiting scholars are expected to have an earned terminal degree and provide the benefit of their expertise or experience in research, teaching, clinical care, or creative and performing arts or may pursue some other collaborative effort with comparable benefit. Visitors should have distinguished records of accomplishment. Visiting scholars are not permanent or full-time employees of the university. An invitation or appointment as a visiting scholar does not constitute an offer of permanent employment.

The faculty sponsor (PI) is responsible for coordinating with the department chair/dean's office any office/laboratory space, telephone/computer access or other materials requested by the visiting scholar.

Invitation Guidelines for Visiting International Professors and Short-term Scholars

If you are considering inviting an international scholar to teach, conduct research, speak or perform another educational activity, please contact Office of International Scholars (OIS) in advance by phone: 803-777-0288; or email: OIS@ sc.edu. OIS can help assess timelines and provide information on U.S. visa requirements and processes necessary for international scholars to come to USC for a planned academic activity. Over the past decade, many new regulations governing international visitors have been enacted by the federal government. University failure to comply with these regulations can result in forfeiture of the university's ability to sponsor international scholars in the future.

Because the new regulations are resulting in increased paperwork, security clearances and considerable delays in procuring a visa, we ask that you allow 3-6 months to prepare for your international visitor.

The United States Government requires ALL longer-term international visitors who are paid a salary or have room/board as part of their remuneration package to have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Visiting professors, research scholars and even most short-term visitors will need either a SSN or TIN in order to be paid (salary, other compensation or reimbursement). Depending on the tax treaty between the U.S. and the visitor's country, some or all parts of the remuneration package may be taxable.

Visiting professors, research scholars and visitors being paid a salary will need either a SSN or an International Tax Identification Number. Please contact the Controller's Office at 803-777-2602 for additional information.

Available Funds and Project Timeline

All applications must be submitted through USCeRA by December 1, 2018. Notices of award will be distributed by April 1, 2019.  Funded projects will begin on July 1, 2019.

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 committees 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.


Scholarship Grants

(Creative and Performing Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Pedagogy)
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.


Visiting Scholar Grants

Projects are eligible for funding of up to $15,000 per project period.  Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2018; notice of awards will be distributed by April 1, 2019.

An applicant may request a project period of a minimum of one (1) week up to a maximum of six (6) months. Projects must begin no earlier than July 1, 2019 and end no later than June 30, 2021; projects extending into a second year must include a well-justified sequential visit. The review committee will submit a ranked list of proposals recommended for funding to the Provost and may recommend changes in funding amount with justification. The Provost will decide on the proposals to be awarded and the amount of each award. Projects for international visiting scholars must allow a minimum of three (3) months for processing before the intended arrival of the visiting scholar.

 

Application Procedure

Each application must be submitted through USCeRA no later than December 1, 2018. 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


Scholarship Grants

Creative and Performing Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Pedagogy applications must include the following, submitted as a single PDF:

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


Visiting Scholar Grants

Visiting Scholar Grant applications must include the following, submitted as a single PDF:

  1. Title page 
  2. A three-page proposal narrative
  3. A detailed budget for total project costs and a budget justification
  4. Two-page biographical sketch of the principal investigator and of the co-investigator(s), if any
  5. A short biographical sketch of the visiting scholar(s). (Limit 2 pages per individual)
  6. Letter of support from department chair acknowledging department commitment, e.g., office, computer, supplies etc., and identifying staff member responsible for facilitating activities related to visit. The faculty sponsor (PI) is responsible for coordinating with the department chair/dean's office any office/laboratory space, telephone/computer access or other materials requested by the visiting scholar(s).

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.  Note that some criteria are not applicable to all program areas.


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?
  • How well qualified is the invited scholar to conduct the project?
  • Does the proposed project represent a significant contribution to the field of study or a significant advance of the expertise of USC faculty? If so, how?

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?

Impact:

  • 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?
  • How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting mentoring of junior faculty and graduate students?
  • Will the project lead to an enhanced reputation for 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 coyetg@mailbox.sc.edu.

Post Award and Reporting Requirements

The new internal award will be an “N” account and will be established by the controller’s office no later than July 1, 2019.  “N” accounts have the same fiscal and financial restrictions as the previous “A” accounts.  All grant-related expenditures must be directly charged to this account, and all expenditures made to this account must be directly related to the internal grant. Any expense overages become the responsibility of the department. 

All written invitations to Visiting Scholars must be approved by the Office of the Provost before an official invitation can be extended to the visiting scholar.

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

Full guidelines are available on the Post Award Reporting page.