USCB Helps Faculty, Staff and Students Obtain External Grant Funding

The University of South Carolina Beaufort supports its faculty, staff and students to obtain nationally and international externally funded grant opportunities to support their research interests. 

USCB also supports its faculty's research with grants from the university's Sea Island Institute. Learn more and apply for a SII grant.

We offer a wealth of funded reseach opportunities for USCB students. Learn more.

Faculty and Staff Research Opportunities

Research BoatThe faculty and staff of USCB have been very successful in obtaining grant awards from a wide variety of external sponsors, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the South Carolina Humanities Commission, Beaufort County, the Town of Hilton Head Island, the Town of Bluffton, and many other governmental sponsors, private foundations and individual sponsors.

All proposals for grant funding must be routed through the University of South Carolina approval  system (USCeRA) prior to submission to the sponsor. Instruction on how to submit proposals in the USCeRA system are provided by the UofSC Office of Sponsored Awards Management, and assistance is available from the USCB Director, Sponsored Programs, Mr. Dave Hall and the USCB Grants Administrator, Sarah Brooks. In all cases, the official applicant is either the University of South Carolina or USCB, never the individual faculty or staff member.

Pre-award assistance

The USCB Director, Sponsored Programs, is available to assist faculty and staff with all aspects of proposal development and submission, from development of research projects to identification of potential funding sources and assistance in proposal preparation. 

External funding opportunities

Assistance in finding potential sponsors can be obtained from the USCB Director, Sponsored Programs.  USCB faculty are also able to search for funding opportunities use the COS Pivot system with free access to a Pivot account through the Office of Research and Grants at UofSC.   

USCB Research

Internal funding opportunities

Several internal funding opportunities are available to USCB faculty members.
Sea Islands Institute grants fund interdisciplinary faculty projects with research objectives relevant to the region, in amounts up to $5,000 per year.

Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) grants are jointly funded by USCB and the office of the UofSC Vice President for Research and fund faculty research projects of any type for up to $6,000 per year. The application for RISE Grants is posted in Decemeber each year.

Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) grants are funded by the office of the UofSC Vice President for Research, provide funding for project development, interdisciplinary projects, and infrastructure.

Post-award assistance

Most post-award assistance with funded grants is provided by the USCB business office in collaboration with the UofSC Office of Grants and Funds Management.  Assistance with award management, including help with the USC finance intranet system and expenditure information is available from the USCB Controller.  All purchase of IT equipment or software at USCB must go through the IT department. Assistance with selection and optimal pricing can be obtained by filling out a Help Desk request.

Contact Us

Dave Hall         

Director, Sponsored Programs

Hargray Room 128
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
O: 843-208-8254
C: 910-650-0651
Dave Hall