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College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences


Research in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences builds people and communities at local, national and international levels. Our research supports the University’s Clemson Elevate strategic plan by focusing on three of the innovation clusters: health innovation, human resilience, and sustainable environments. Our faculty link teaching and public service in their research, building partnerships within and beyond Clemson University.

Within CBSHS, we envision a culture of full engagement in research scholarship, as well as excellence in our graduate programs. The CBSHS Research Support Center facilitates this vision by collaborating with faculty to develop and submit competitive grant proposals.

Research Support Center

hit-the-paw.pngThe CBSHS Research Support Center is a team of experts who provide guidance to faculty on how to submit a proposal, find funding opportunities, tailor a proposal to the sponsor’s priorities - and much more.

The center works in the grant space in ways that help faculty develop and submit competitive grant proposals and increase research expenditures in support of the College’s mission. We envision a culture of full engagement in research scholarship and graduate program excellence.

Get in touch with us if you are looking for funding opportunities, interested in pursuing a prestigious award, needing help coordinating a research team during proposal development, considering submitting a grant proposal, or just wanting to chat about your research directions!

  • Team Members

    Mariah Meachum, M.S. Mariah Meachum, M.S.
    Research Development Specialist

    Mariah leads research development activities for CBSHS, assisting with collaborative team coordination, funding opportunity identification, and training program development. She also facilitates competitive grant proposal development for research faculty in the College. She has an M.S. degree in biology from the University of Mississippi and experience coordinating research of a highly productive team at Northwestern University.

    Holly GillespieHolly Gillespie, M.S.
    Research Associate
    (864) 656-9882
    Edwards Hall 452

    Holly assists with a variety of tasks, facilitating both research development activities and research administration in CBSHS. She joined the team in 2022 after earning a M.S degree in social science from Clemson University.

    Loria CassLoria Cass
    Office of Sponsored Programs Support Center Manager (Pre-award)
    (864) 656-0110
    Edwards Hall 403A

    Joining the team in 2023, Loria Cass coordinates the proposal development and submission activities for the Office of Sponsored Programs pre-award area. She has a degree in Business Administration – Finance from the University of South Carolina. She worked for nine years implementing the SNAP-Ed community outreach program for Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute. Her previous work experience includes proposal development, post-award reporting, financial analysis, technical writing, sales, and training.

    Ellen Saltzman, M.A.Ellen Saltzman, M.A.
    Proposal Development Specialist
    (864) 656-0219
    Edwards Hall 435

    Ellen provides dual support within the Research Support Center team, working both on research development and grant proposal processing. She joined the team in 2018 after a long career at Clemson in funded research and public service. She has a master's degree in economics from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in economic geology and science and technology policy from Cornell University. Ellen is the author of numerous reports on state and local government finance (including education), tax policy and sustainable economic development.

    Daniel Thrift, M.A.Daniel Thrift, M.A.
    Grants Coordinator
    Edwards Hall, Room 407A

    Daniel works within the pre-award process for the CBSHS. His role is to assist in the preparation and submissions stage to ensure that research proposals are submitted in compliance with Clemson University policies, as well as with granting agency requirements. He joined the team in 2019 after completing a Master of Arts in history at Clemson, from which he also received a Bachelor of Arts in history.

    Lauren Vance, B.S.Lauren Vance, B.S.
    Grants Administrator (Award Acceptance)
    (864) 656-4305
    Edwards Hall 403A

    Lauren serves as the University contact with sponsoring agencies in the negotiation of award agreements and acts as the liaison with Grants and Contracts Administration in processing the award for account set up. She has a B.S. degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice from Lander University and a paralegal certificate in business transactions. She joined the team after 15 years of working in the legal field.

    Elizabeth HaysElizabeth Hays
    Grants Administrator

    Elizabeth works primarily with the pre-award process, assisting faculty with the processing and submission of grant proposals. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dayton in 2009, and a master’s degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Missouri in 2013. Elizabeth joined the team in the fall of 2023 after working in public libraries for more than a decade..

  • University Research Resources

    The Office of Sponsored Programs

    The OSP provides oversight of grant proposal submissions, award acceptance, and negotiation of non-disclosure, material transfer, and other research-related agreements. For more information, visit

    The Office of Research Development

    The ORD provides training in proposal development, grant writing, and informational sessions that target specific funding agencies or programs. To access ORD resources, please visit:

    Proposal Repository:

    Faculty Insight Overview:

    SciENcv Training:

  • Contact Us

    Edwards Hall, 4th Floor
    210 Epsilon Zeta Drive
    Clemson, SC 29631


CBSHS Research Services

The CBSHS Research Support Center can help you through each stage of the pre-award process, from research development to award acceptance. Find out more about our services during each of these stages below!

Research Development

  • Provide training opportunities
  • Discuss strategic pursuit of funding
  • Find funding opportunities
  • Setup personalized SPIN account
  • Research team coordination

Proposal Development

  • Provide feedback to align proposal narrative with funding opportunity guidelines
  • Support the production of proposal elements (e.g., biosketches, facilities and other resources, current & pending research, letters of support)
  • Review and edit the research plan for flow, grammar, and required formatting
  • Track and assemble multiple proposal elements
  • Assist with production of visuals and tables
  • Assist the PI with coordinating large teams during proposal development

Proposal Submission

  • Assist faculty with review of proposal requirements
  • Develop proposal budgets and budget justifications
  • Ensure that proposal documents are compliant with sponsor requirements
  • Route proposals for internal approvals prior to submission to sponsor
  • Submit proposals to sponsor

Award Negotiation and Acceptance

  • Review proposed award document
  • Ensure terms and conditions are acceptable to the University
  • Consult with Clemson offices to identify and resolve issues in award document
  • Prepare alternate terms and negotiates with sponsor
  • Coordinate award acceptance process
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