Frequently Asked Questions
All Clemson faculty and staff who are interested in grant activity should view the PI Certification Program, administered by the Office of Sponsored Programs. This 2-hour online training is required for all Clemson Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators. This is also a required training for all Clemson faculty and staff that are involved in sponsored programs.
Please contact your GSS grants coordinator before sending anything to a sponsor. Even if your submission is simply a letter of intent that does not include a detailed budget (which is the only case in which a principal investigator can send out any sort of funding request without GSS or OSP processing), we may have useful suggestions to save time with administrative processing.
Please note that if you are applying to a foundation, corporation or other non-Federal, private sponsor, the Development Office will need to be contacted before sending the proposal to the sponsor. Your GSS grants coordinator will make this contact for you after receiving your proposal. Development must be contacted to coordinate submissions.
All proposals reviewed by GSS will require the following information, unless sponsor guidelines specify otherwise:
Scope of Work (Proposal Narrative)
Itemized Budget Justification
All forms, appendices, etc requested by the sponsor's guidelines
Proposal Processing Form signed by the Principal Investigator, co-Principal Investigators, and Department Heads (GSS is responsible for obtaining the Dean level signatures).
Proposal information is to be submitted to GSS at least four (4) working days in advance of the deadline.
The time required to review a proposal varies according to the complexity of the sponsor's requirements and the condition of the proposal.Draft proposals and budgets, including all required components, must be submitted to GSS a minimum of four (4) business days before the sponsor’s published deadline.
For more information about the time required for GSS processing, please review our Timeline Policy.
Electronic submissions are generally submitted by GSS. Please send your guidelines, proposal, and processing form to your grants coordinator as usual. Your grants coordinator will assist you in correcting any issues that may need attention, and will then submit the proposal electronically for you after obtaining the proper approvals.
Internal submissions are proposals in response to an RFP that has been published internally to Clemson University. These opportunities are only open to investigators from within Clemson. As such, GSS is not required to review them, but we will do so upon request. However, some Dean-level signers do require GSS review before they will sign a proposal, so if your internal proposal requires this type of signature, you will need to bring it to your grants coordinator for assistance.
You will also need GSS assistance if your internal proposal budget includes cost share.
GSS coordinates with the Development Office in processing proposals to private sponsors (foundations, corporations, etc). This ensures that a sponsor is not being contacted repeatedly with funding requests from different departments within Clemson.
GSS does not process gifts. However, if you have any question about whether your potential funding will be a gift or a grant, you may contact your GSS grants coordinator for assistance.
If you would like more information about development at Clemson, visit the Development Office website.
300 Brackett Hall, Box 345702
Clemson, SC 29634-5702
Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR):
R. Larry Dooley, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research
Cognizant Government Audit Agency:
Current Rates (FY14 and beyond):
On-Campus Organized Research = 50% MTDC
On-Campus Instruction = 45% MTDC
On-Campus Other Sponsored Activity = 34% MTDC
All Off-Campus Projects = 26% MTDC
Current Rates (FY14 and beyond):
9-Month Faculty = 28.2%
12-Month Faculty and Staff, FT Employees = 34.0%
Students (Grad and Undergrad) = 5.3%
PT/Temporary Employees = 22.8%