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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The link for Tutorial Guide for using NSPIRES

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