For Researchers

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Getting Started


I want to...

  • Find funding
    For your convenience, the Office of Research Development has compiled a database of funding opportunities specific to each college. View the funding opportunities here.
  • Complete Sponsored Programs Certification
    This certification will assist in the understanding of internal and external processes, procedure, and regulations to help in submitting the best proposal possible, and is required to submit proposals to external agencies. Learn more about the Sponsored Programs Certification program here.
  • Request an electronic username
    An electronic username is required for NSF, NIH or any sub-agency of DHHS. Registration requests should be made as far in advance of proposal submission deadlines as possible, but no later than 3 days prior to electronic submission due dates to ensure registration and allow for on-time proposal submission. To request a username, click here.


    As of March 26, 2018 users can create their own NSF Research.gov accounts. The Office of Sponsored Programs will approve all requests.

    To learn how to register for a new account visit https://www.research.gov/research-portal/appmanager/base/desktop?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=research_node_display&_nodePath=/researchGov/Service/Desktop/InstitutionAndUserManagement.html.

    To migrate an existing account visit https://www.research.gov/common/attachment/Desktop/Single_ID_Help.pdf#page=35.

    Upon registering, please complete the registration by logging in and changing your password. Once your account is active, you will receive a role. Make sure to input the additional information required by Research.gov after receiving a role.
  • Find my college support center
    Housed in each college, each OSP Support Center assists faculty with pre-award application preparation (including budgets), and with the review and submission of all grant applications for investigators in that college. Find your College Support Center here.
  • Request a Support Letter
    Requests for letters of support from the offices of the President, Provost, or Vice President for Research (VPR) are coordinated through the office of the VPR and must be submitted at least two weeks before the proposal submission date. Learn how to request a support letter here.
  • Request/Review a Non-Disclosure, Material Transfer, Data Use or Other Agreement
    Conducting research may involve the sharing of confidential information or materials with people and organizations outside of Clemson University. To protect your interests as an investigator and that of the University, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) assists with non-disclosure, material transfer, and data use agreements, which offer significant benefits for faculty. For example, agreements provided by sponsors sometimes contain restrictive language that could limit the ability to publish, eliminate one’s intellectual property rights, or even impose additional liability. OSP provides the appropriate review, negotiation and signature for these types of agreements. Please remember that only Authorized Organizational Representatives sign agreements. Clemson investigators, department chairs, and deans are not authorized to sign research-related agreements on behalf of the University. Click here for further information.

Education & Training


I need help with...

  • Finding funding in SPIN
    This training video provides instructions on how to find funding using SPIN and how to set up a SMARTS profile, allowing you to receive funding alerts via email. View the video here.
  • Starting a proposal in InfoEd
    This video provides step by step instruction on how to start a proposal in InfoEd. It walks through the first seven steps to beginning a proposal. View the video here.
  • Verifying my signature and checking routing status
    Want to check routing status in InfoEd and verify your signature? This video provides information on how to use InfoEd to check the routing status and verify a signature for a previously signed and submitted proposal. View the video here.
  • Electronically signing my proposal in InfoEd
    This module describes how to review and sign your electronic proposal and route to your department chair and associate dean for research for their approvals. By signing this form, you agree to take financial, programmatic and technical responsibility for this project, and comply with all university and sponsor policies. View the video here.
  • Viewing my proposal records
    Ever want to see a listing of all your proposals submitted for funding to outside sponsors? You can access this information through InfoEd’s Proposal Tracking module. This video provides instructions on how to find those listings. View the video here.
  • Connecting to the VPN
    If you want to access InfoEd from a network outside of Clemson University's network, sometimes you may need to connect to the VPN, while most times you can connect through DUO authentication. This module provides specific directions on how to connect to Clemson University's Virtual Private Network. On the landing page, scroll to the bottom. You'll find the video under "Other" section. View the video.