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Office of the Vice President for Research


Research Support Offices

The Office of the Vice President for Research is made up of several units, each serving a different set of specific research-related functions for faculty and student researchers throughout the University of South Carolina System. From animal resources support to information technology and data management, we provide the tools and assistance researchers need to be successful.

Whether you need help getting approval for a project involving human subjects, locating a collaborator at another university, submitting a grant application electronically through USCeRA or finding an advisor to help you get started in research as an undergraduate student, the Office of the Vice President for Research is here to support your research needs. If you're unsure which unit you need to reach, call our Administrative Office at 803-777-5458 and we'll be happy to help you locate the support you need.

Sponsored Awards Management

The Office of Sponsored Awards Management serves as the primary research administration office for the University, and is responsible for all pre-award activities, processing proposals and awards, assisting with budget preparation, negotiating grants and contracts on the university's behalf and issuing subcontracts, among other functions.

Office of Research Compliance

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) provides support for faculty members, researchers, students and staff in regulatory requirements for scientific research. ORC is responsible for university policies related to use of human subjects in research (Institutional Review Board), conflicts of interest, research integrity, responsible conduct of research and other regulatory compliance programs.

Research and Grant Development

Research and Grant Development serves USC faculty and staff seeking support, available resources and guidance during the pursuit of external funding. The unit's GRANT Training program was developed to meet the university's research administration needs and the unit's one-stop approach to browsing for funding, limited submissions and collaborative partners makes research opportunities easy to locate.

Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research serves USC faculty, staff and students on all campuses as a centralized resource for engaging undergraduates in research, scholarly and creative activities across all disciplines. The office assists researchers needing undergraduate research assistants, advises students seeking projects, facilitates a variety of funding programs for students, including the Magellan Scholar program, and provides opportunities for students to showcase their experiences, such as Discovery Day and Caravel, the undergraduate research journal.

Information Technology and Data Management

The Office of IT and Data Management is responsible for reporting extramural proposal submissions and award funding for the University of South Carolina. The team developed and maintains technologies such as our electronic research administration application (USCeRA), our online committee review system (CRIMS), and our faculty expert database (FacED) to integrate and simplify research administration.

Animal Resources and Facilities

The Animal Resource Facilities unit of the Office of Research recognizes that laboratory animals are sentient creatures and is committed to meeting the ethical and legal obligations for humane animal care and handling at the University of South Carolina. This unit provides expert care and maintenance for all animals used by investigators at the university.

Research Cyberinfrastructure

Reporting to the Office of Information Technology, and working in close partnership with the Office of Research, the Research Cyberinfrastructure program (RCI) engages faculty and researchers across multiple colleges and campuses. RCI works with researchers to improve their project performance and secure computing resources at the university level and beyond.