Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Proposal Submission

The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) is the entity at Claflin University with authorization to submit applications to external sponsors for funding. SPO submits applications utilizing the specific method of transmission set forth in the sponsor guidelines.

Depending on the sponsor guidelines, the assigned Sponsored Programs Administrator may grant permission to the principal investigator to submit the application. But, the majority of applications will be submitted by the Sponsored Programs Administrator. Faculty are not authorized to submit external applications to sponsors without permission from SPO. 

 (SPO will make every attempt to meet all sponsor deadlines. But, SPO cannot guarantee that applications submitted less than 5 days prior to the deadline will receive a detailed review that identifies noncompliance with sponsor requirements.)

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Federal Grant Submission Systems

SPO utilizes for the majority of federal grant submissions except for NIH, NSF and NASA. utilizes the Workspace application form for grant seekers to apply for federal grants. Workspace allows multiple users to access and edit the application forms.

You must be registered in to submit a Workspace application. Once registered, you can create an application in Workspace.

Registration and the creation of a Workspace application can be complete by using the following the directions. Please contact the SPO office if you require assistance. Instructional Guide


National Science Foundation (NSF)

For all NSF applications, SPO recommends that applications are prepared in or Fastlane.

You must be registered in to submit an application to NSF. If you are not registered in or need your password reset, please contact the SPO office. Registration in can take between two – three business days, so please plan accordingly.  


National Institutes of Health (NIH) – ASSIST 

Applications to NIH should be prepared in the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST). ASSIST is a user friendly proposal submission system for NIH. You must have an eRA Commons ID to prepare an application in ASSIST. If you do not have an eRA Commons ID, then you need to contact the SPO office to register in the system. 

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Applications to NASA must be submitted through NSPIRES. NSPIRES is NASA’s electronic proposal submission system. You must be registered and affiliated with Claflin University in NSPIRES before you can create a Notice of Intent, submit a proposal or view the status of an application. Please contact the SPO office for assistance with registering in NSPIRES. 

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