Sponsored Programs Certification
Clemson University's Implementation of the Sponsored Programs Certification is critical to the University's continued access to external funding from federal and private sources. This certification will also assist in the understanding of internal and external processes, procedure, and regulations to help in submitting the best proposal possible.
The certification program is self-paced and broken down into separate modules, ranging from 8 to 20 minutes. Each module can be completed independently. You are encouraged to start the certification process when you begin your search for funding opportunities. Proposals submitted without the required certification will be delayed until the certification process is completed.
For technical assistance, please contact Daniel Harris or call 864-656-4488. For all other questions or suggestions, contact Sheila Lischwe.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is required to take the certification program?
All individuals regardless of classification, named and/or paid on a proposal, and pre- and post-award grants coordinators involved with proposals or awarded projects.
- How can I check to see if my certification is complete?
Within 48 hours of successfully completing all modules and review questions, a notice will post under your profile’s certification tab in InfoEd. After login, click on Profile, Edit, then Certifications.
- What happens if I get interrupted while working through it? Do I have to start over?
The program is set up in seven modules, each ranging from 8 to 20 minutes in length. You can complete the modules individually, or all at one time. If you do not finish a module, you can quit and come back at any time, scrolling through the slides until you get back to where you left off. If you did not complete the questions at the end of a module, you will have to resubmit your answers. The program will not retain previously submitted answers.
- If I have been submitting proposals for years at Clemson, why do I need to go through this certification process?
No one can be "grandfathered" into the certification program. As a long-standing faculty or staff member with a great deal of sponsored activity experience, you will realize that the information provides a good refresher course. You will also find updates to policies and requirements.
- Why should I have to go through the same course every three years?
The program will constantly be updated to reflect changes in internal procedures and federal and state laws.
- How will I know about procedural changes in the interim?
The Office of Sponsored Programs will continue to post news and updates on our website.