The Research Service Center (RSC) serves as the major resource and support to USM faculty, staff, and students involved in externally-funded research projects. Center staff are available to assist with a full range of support and tools from the germination of a concept, through the development of a proposal, to executing and managing a funded initiative.
We are located on the Portland Campus in the Wishcamper Center and are available M-F from 8:00 AM to 4:30 AM or other hours by appointment. You can contact us by email, phone, or in person.
The Center promotes awareness of funding opportunities, assists in refining project ideas and matching them with a potential sponsor's priorities, supports the preparation of grant applications, and serves as the final approving authority for externally-funded projects.
The RSC is also focused on providing financial management assistance and administrative support to Principal Investigators and Project Directors after an award is received. RSC staff work closely with project staff to: review and approve all award documents, prepare and submit financial reports, manage project accounts receivable, revise budgets, and amend or extend projects. Services continue through the termination date, ending with the submission of the final programmatic and financial reports. Our staff of experienced professionals are dedicated to the success of research at USM.