Supporting SPC Through Grant-Funded Projects

The Grants Development department at St. Petersburg College supports the college's mission by seeking, obtaining, and managing external funding obtained through grants and collaborative partnerships.

Department Overview

This department supports the college in securing and implementing grants from government and private sources that assist in achieving SPC’s strategic objectives. With extensive and highly touted experience in managing a multitude of grant-funded programs, including state and federal grants, SPC’s Grants Development department manages an average of $20 million in grants and gifts annually. The grants team acts as a liaison between SPC leadership, deans, provosts, faculty and program staff, as well as funders and partners, to help support the college’s strategic goals through grant-funded projects.

The key role of the Grants Development department is to:

  1. Research and identify potential funding sources.
  2. Work with college staff and faculty to develop proposals that respond to funding opportunities and meet the college's needs.
  3. Support the programmatic and fiscal management of awarded grants to meet the expectations of the funder. The department can help you find opportunities, develop a proposal, obtain the necessary approvals and navigate the process of applying for a grant.

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  • The project must be aligned with SPC’s Strategic Plan.
  • The project must meet the eligibility requirements of the grant agency/funder.
  • The project must promote a positive change that is measurable and attainable within the grant period.
  • The grant solicitation must be followed, and all materials must be submitted on time.
  • The budget must support the activities outlined.
  • There must be a plan for the sustainability of the project once the funding period is completed.
  • The grant proposal or application must address the grant guidelines and priorities.

Updates from NSF 24-1

The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued their latest PAPPG update (NSF 24-1) in March 2024, with an effective date of May 20, 2024. Here are the key changes:

  • Disclosure Requirements: There's an emphasis on foreign funding transparency. Researchers are now required to report annually on any foreign financial support they receive, as mandated by the CHIPS and Science Act. The PAPPG also references a new certification regarding involvement in malign foreign talent recruitment programs. The SPC grants office will outreach to PIs and CoPIs each summer to determine foreign financial support and report findings to NSF. 
  • Biographical Sketch: Researchers no longer have a page limit for their biographical sketches. Additionally, the biographical sketch now incorporates the new Common Disclosure Form, which eliminates the Synergistic Activities section. SciENcv remains the platform for creating compliant biographical sketches.
  • Current and Pending Support: Similar to the Biographical Sketch, the Current and Pending Support form also utilizes the new Common Disclosure Form and SciENcv for creation.

These are the most significant changes. For a more comprehensive list, it is recommended to read the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) summary at A printable version of the PAPPG is also located at this site.

Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment By Addressing Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment and Sexual Assault

SPC is committed to addressing harassment and fostering a safe and healthy work and learning environment. Policies and expectations in this regard apply to all staff, faculty and students whether at conferences, on-campus or working, doing research, or engaging in scholarly activities or study at an off-site location.

In addition, it is National Science Foundation (“NSF”) policy to “foster safe and harassment-free environments wherever science is conducted.” (NSF 2023 PAPPG Guide II-E.9]. Grant recipients, including SPC, are required, effective with proposals submitted Jan. 30, 2023 or later, to certify that we have a plan in place that addresses:

  1. Abuse of any person, including but not limited to harassment, stalking, bullying or hazing or any kind, whether the behavior is carried out verbally, physically, electronically, or in written form; and
  2. Conduct that is unwelcome, offensive, indecent, obscene, or disorderly

The College meets NSF requirements (as well as its own expectations) by using the Board of Trustees Rules and College Procedures outlined below:

Additionally, PIs/Co-PIs are responsible for distributing a copy of this plan to each participant involved in off-campus or off-site research prior to those individuals leaving campus to participate in the off-campus or off-site activities.



NSF PIs are responsible for:

  • (1) Determining whether any “off-campus or off-site research” will occur on their NSF proposal submission (see definition below). Plans are only required for NSF proposals containing research that is conducted off-site or off-campus. See the associated FAQs for more information.
  • (2) Completing the project specific information on the last page of this document and submitting the plan to the Grants Department prior to the submission of the proposal to NSF.
  • (3) Distributing all pages (“the plan”) to everyone who will participate in an off-campus or off-site research activity prior to those individuals leaving campus to engage in the off-site or off-campus research.
  • {4) Retaining documentation of who received the plan (email or signup sheet is sufficient) and the plan itself in their grant files or in the departmental grant file.

The plan itself should not be submitted to NSF unless requested. Plans may be re-used and re-distributed for multiple off-campus research activities but must be updated if the specific content needs to change.

NSF defines off-campus or off-site research for the purposes of this requirement as data/information/ samples being collected off-campus or off-site, such as fieldwork on research vessels and aircraft.

NSF Safe and Inclusive Working Environment Plan for Off-Campus or Off-Site Research
(To be used for all off-campus/off-site research funded by NSF)


  • Plan Date or Version (enter date the plan was prepared or updated, or a version number). Preparer name may also be entered.
  • NSF Grant Number:
  • Principal Investigator Name (plus Cell Phone and Email
  • Off-Campus Location
  • Description of off-campus research activity (fieldwork, research activities on vessels or aircraft, work in an off-campus location, etc.)
  • Estimated Departure and Return Dates (begin and end dates of off-campus research).
  • Will participants have regular internet or cell service available? (If no, what alternate arrangements are in place for participants to report suspected misconduct?)
  • Will participants from other entities (governmental, company, sponsor, educational institutions, subrecipients) be involved? If yes, are there any special arrangements or guidance participants need to make sure they know they should also report misconduct involving these individuals?
  • Recommended contact for any suspected misbehavior (note: participants remain free to use this contact or any other contact they prefer to report misconduct; more than one contact may be listed).
  • Any special circumstances that necessitate special plans (e.g., participants are at sea or other remote locations without ability to make contact with University reporting offices; only a single satellite phone is available for the group; there are physical or other barriers that may require special attention to ensure full participation; no local transportation to a safe space is likely to be available; variance in cultural norms might necessitate advance awareness training;). If yes, what arrangements are in place to manage these special circumstances?
  • Other Comments or Information that participants may find useful.

Include local police and medical services numbers; for international trips, it is wise to include embassy/consulate contact information if not already provided.

Resources for reporting harassment can be found at the NSF Stopping Harassment and Assault webpage:

For questions, please contact the Executive Director of the Grants Development Department at 727-341-3002.

SPC’s Grants Development department is the college’s authorized official and point of contact in the grant awarding process. Therefore, grant applicants should not be submitted on behalf of the college without going through the department for prior approval and submission.

Our pre-award team provides support to faculty and staff preparing and submitting grant proposals, including: 

  • Writing or assisting in the writing of grants
  • Securing President and senior-level cabinet approvals
  • Reviewing Request for Proposals (RFP)
  • Developing and reviewing budgets
  • Preparing and submitting proposal packages based on sponsor guidelines and using online submissions systems

Grant applications can take weeks or even months to develop. Federal applications can take up to six months for development, often requiring data research and analysis. For this reason, advance notice is required to adequately plan and develop an application/proposal.

For Pre-Award services, the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) should follow the timeline below:


Due to SPC grant office


Complete Request for Grant Support

Minimum of one month prior to application deadline


Complete application narrative with Department support (including timeline and proposed outcomes)

Two weeks prior to deadline


Complete project budget for Grants Accounting approval

Two weeks prior to deadline


Complete all attachments, as required by the grant (such as letters of support, resumes, logic model, etc.)

One week prior to deadline

Have an idea for a grant proposal or project that needs funding?

Once the Grants Development department is notified of an award, the Post-Award team will generate and distribute an internal email and schedule a kickoff meeting to review the timelines, grant deliverables, and budgets with the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI), program staff, grants accounting, marketing and external partners.  

The Post-Award grant management team provides support for the following:

  • Regular check in meetings with program staff to assist in staying on track of deliverables
  • Preparing and submitting subcontract agreements
  • Providing onboarding training for new PD/PIs (See the Grant Management Handbook on the Grants SharePoint.)
  • Coaching and instruction in grant development management and compliance; reviewing budget, cost-sharing and related documents
  • Reviewing and approving budget modifications
  • Reviewing and approving progress reports

Quarterly Meeting Dates for Grants Program Managers:
February, May, August and November

Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki
Executive Director of Grants Development