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Jump Start Faculty Grant Writing Program

The Office of Research in the College of Education is delighted to announce our new Jump Start Program.  The purpose of the Jump Start Program is to support faculty and research staff seeking external funding and submitting/resubmitting (where applicable) their proposal to the sponsor.


Eligible applicants include all tenure-track or tenured, clinical, and research faculty who are employees of the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Priority in the awards process will be given to faculty who have attempted prior external submissions but have yet to receive funding (within the past three years). Faculty who received extramural funding of $100K or more in the last three years (2021-2022, 2022-2023, or 2023-2024) are not eligible to receive a Jump Start award in 2024. Faculty serving on the Jump Start review committee are not eligible to apply for Jump Start funds during the funding cycle in which they serve.

There is no requirement for indirect costs. Foundation awards and federal submissions are supported. The award must exceed $100,000 and must be coded as “research” at the University level. Submission status must be confirmed via the funder’s system (e.g.,,, PRIMO, etc.), USCeRA, and SAM. 


Funds Available

Jump Start awardees may be funded up to $5,000. Awardees will receive $2,000 for their initial submission and $3,000 for their resubmission. Note: If the awardee receives funding on their first submission, they will be awarded the final $3,000.
Awardee Support Available: The Associate Dean for Research and the Director of Research Development provide one-on-one feedback to principal investigators on their potential extramural submissions. Participants can receive assistance with any phase of extramural proposal development.

Full application procedures and Jump Start application

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