Research and Grants Administration

The Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA) promotes external funding for research, academic projects and scholarly activities, and compliance with applicable regulations and College policies and procedures relating to research activities.

ORGA is a central source of information on major government agencies, foundations, and corporations which impact research and scholarship.

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About the Office for Research and Grants Administration

Meet our staff and explore the Office of Research and Grants Administration's responsibilities in administering grants and contracts, assistance and training opportunities available, memberships in professional organizations, and proposal facts and figures.
  • Sponsored Programs

    The Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA) is responsible for managing the development and submission of all grant and contract proposals to external funding sources, as well as the acceptance and non-financial administration of grant and contract awards.  If you are planning to submit a proposal for external funding, please contact ORGA at

    On behalf of the College of Charleston, ORGA administers grants and contracts from all external funding sources (“sponsors”).  These are different from gifts, which are administered by the College of Charleston Foundation.  A gift is a donation made by a sponsor with minimal restrictions and reporting requirements; gifts typically require that a recipient organization have 501(c)3 tax status in order to receive the funding.  Although the College of Charleston is a non-profit, state-controlled entity, only the College of Charleston Foundation has 501(c)3 status. 

    On the other hand, grants are made by sponsors in order to promote a particular activity, with certain reporting requirements included in the grant agreement.  Contracts are mutually agreed upon between the College and the sponsor to obtain one or multiple deliverables, usually for a fixed price.  If you’re unsure whether your proposal is for a grant, contract, or gift, please contact ORGA at

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  • Assistance & Training Opportunities

    ORGA staff provide individual assistance and group education and training opportunities in the following areas:

    Research Protections and Compliance

    • Research involving Biohazards (IBC)
    • Research involving Human Participants (IRB)
    • Research involving Vertebrate Animals (IACUC)
    • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
    • Export Controls
    • Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)
    • Provides education and training.
    • Interprets regulations impacting research.
    • Assists with applications, manages the review process, and provides administrative support for the IRB and IACUC.
    • Assures that policies and procedures for compliance with research-related regulations are up-to-date and reviewed regularly.

    Grants and Sponsored Programs

    • Promotes the development of external funding strategies for research, academic projects, and institutional priorities.
    • Provides resources and assistance to faculty, staff, and administrators in searching for external funding opportunities.
    • Assists with preparation and submission of requests for external funding, including grants, sub-awards, and contracts
    • Serves as liaison with funding agencies.
    • Assists grant awardees with administration issues in conjunction with the Grants Accountant in the Controller's office.
    • Provides education and training in all aspects of grantsmanship including grant searching, grant writing, and budget preparation.
    • Provides advice and assistance regarding Intellectual property.
  • Memberships

    The Office of Research and Grants Administration maintains memberships to several different professional organizations

    • Federal Demonstration Partnership
    • National Council of University Research Administration
    • Society of Research Administrators International
    • Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research
  • Facts, Figures & Rates

    Proposals to all agencies, foundations, or corporations should be routed initially through ORGA to determine guidelines as well as other requirements. For research involving animals or human participants, ORGA will assist in the preparation and processing of review applications for the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) or for the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

    General Institutional Information

    Employer Identification Number (EIN)57-6000265
    Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)SWV9EK5S9BX5
    DUNS Number0737233220000
    Federal Congressional DistrictSC001
    SC Congressional DistrictsSenate-43; House-110
    Cage Code0PP34
    Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection for Human Subjects00000772
    Animal Welfare AssuranceA4376-01
    USDA Registration56-R-0112
    NSF Institution Code0034280000
    NSF Institution NameCollege of Charleston
    PHS Institutional Profile File (IPF) Number1343301
    NAICS North American Industry Classification System Number611310
    Federal Interagency Number (FICE) Cmte. on Education003428
    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) ID00342800

    Contact Information

    Andrew T. Hsu- President & Chief Executive Officer- 
    Susan Anderson- Assistant Vice President for Research & Authorized Representative- 
    Grants Administration- 
    Grants Accounting- 
    Fax: 843-953-5996

    Address: College of Charleston
    66 George Street
    Charleston, SC 29424-0001

    Financial Information

    Tax Exempt Status PDF
    Indirect Cost Rate PDF
    ON CAMPUS rate: 50%
    OFF CAMPUS rate: 20% 
    Effective Dates: 07/01/2022 to 06/30/2026
    Cognizant Agency: DHHS

    Salary and Fringes

    Grant Funded Course Release: 12.5% of salary base

    Summer Grant Compensation: Maximum 40% of salary base

    Minimum Wage
    Full-time Employees$7.93/hr
    Temporary Employees$7.25/hr
    Student Employees$7.25

    Graduate Assistantships (14 weeks per semester)
    Full-time (20 hrs/week)Min $6300 per semester
    Three-Quarters-Time (15 hrs/week)Min $4725 per semester
    Half-Time (10 hrs/week)Min $3150 per semester 

    Promotional Increases (added to 9-month base)
    Instructor to Senior Instructor$1200
    Renewal of Senior Instructor$2520
    Assistant to Associate Professor$3000
    Associate to Full Professor$7000
    Superior Post-tenure review (full professors)$3000
    Librarian Third Year Review/Promotion$1800

    Fringe Benefits Rates
    Full-time employees- charged to grantPDF for rates
    Faculty-Academic Year- charged to grantPDF for rates
    Full-time employees- cost share42%
    Faculty- Academic Year- cost share42%
    Temp employee- SCRS32%
    Temp employee- non SCRS8%
    Additional/Dual Compensation32%
    Student- Academic Year- Enrolled0.33%
    Student- Summer- Unenrolled8%

    Time Periods 
    Calendar Year52 weeks24 pay periods
    Academic Year39 weeks18 pay periods
    Fall or Spring Semester19.5 weeks9 pay periods
    Summer 13 weeks6 pay periods

    Other Financial Information

    Sales tax rate: 9%
    Airfare, hotel and transportion: Actual cost
    Mileage: $0.655 per mile (effective 1/1/2023)

    Per Diem
  • Meet the ORGA Staff
    Susan Anderson, Assistant VP for Research
    Susan Anderson
    Assistant Vice President for Research
    Director, Office of Research and Grants Administration
    Fulbright Scholar Liaison

    Sara Stevenson
    Sara Stevenson 
    Research Protections and Compliance

    Katherine Jordan
    Katherine Jordan
    Undergraduate Assistant

    Bailey Horn

    Bailey Horn
    Graduate Assistant