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Office of the Vice President for Research

Faculty Recruitment Support Program

The Faculty Recruitment Support Program (FRSP) helps the University of South Carolina recruit exceptional faculty funded with federal research grants by providing funds to help them get their research started at UofSC without missing a beat.

Established senior faculty are often challenging to recruit because of the significant level of start-up funds required to support their research programs. Nonetheless, they are an invaluable asset to the university. These faculty are often funded by multiple grants and bring their expertise in successful grant-writing, their advanced research programs and related resources to the university. The Faculty Recruitment Support Program (FRSP) will help recruit highly successful funded faculty by providing additional funds toward their start-up.


FRSP Guidelines

The Office of Research will support the recruitment of federal grant-funded faculty to the UofSC Columbia campus through FRSP. The source of funding is through support for UofSC’s Strategic Plan, Priority Three, which is currently $2 million per year. Assistance is provided according to the following guidelines:

  • The funding is made available by the Office of Research to support the start-up costs associated with hiring new faculty who are transferring existing grants from their current institution to UofSC.
  • The level of funding support will be determined based on the indirect costs (IDCs) brought by the new faculty moving to UofSC and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The FRSP program will try to match the IDC amount which can then be used by the colleges to support the start-up costs for the recruitment of the faculty. If the new faculty hire is moving with equipment, extra funding can be requested.
  • The hiring college or school must inform the Office of Research when a candidate is identified as a finalist and being interviewed. Upon approval of the amount, the hiring college will make an offer to the candidate with support from the Office of Research. If the candidate does not accept the offer, the funds will be made available to other colleges/candidates. The funds will be provided on a “first come, first served” basis until the funds are expended.
  • The Office of Research will work with the College regarding the duration of the support, and other details of the FRSP award, because each request for the start-up can be unique.
  • These funds are made available to recruit new faculty primarily moving with federal extramural grants that typically bring IDCs. FRSP does not apply to any other new hires.

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