Funded Program Toolbox

View and manage your CRPH funded program(s) on Submittable

All new proposals for funding should be sent through Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, please read through out FAQs at the bottom of this page. The SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare will not review submissions sent by email or other means. Templates provided here are for informational purposes only. You can view all current open funding opportunities on our Submittable CRPH Home Page.

If you have questions about your currently funded program, please contact us through Submittable.

If you have questions about a new proposal, you can contact us by clicking the button below. 

CRPH Templates

The following templates are provided for informational purposes only. Not every template will be required for every submission. Please refer to the program specific instruction in Submittable to determine which templates are required for your submission. 

Program Specific Templates

Use the following template when invoicing the SC CRPH for your funded project

Proposal FAQ

The CRPH has three core funding opportunities- iCARE, Education Initiatives, and Rural Innovations. Use the table below to get an overview of each program and determine which is a better fit for your project idea.

  iCare Education Innovations
Program Goal Supports the expansion of clinical services to eliminate barriers to access to care Provides experiential learning and/or clinical training to expand the rural healthcare workforce Supports innovative strategies that aim to address unmet needs or improve rural health
Example Projects

- Extending current services by increasing staffing capacity or expanding into new service areas

-Improving healthcare workforce retention in rural and/or underserved communities

-Using telehealth to increase the reach of quality patient care

- Providing continuing education to rural healthcare practitioners

-Exposing graduate or undergraduate students to rural communities and their healthcare needs

-Implementing a new degree or certificate program to address rural healthcare worker shortages

-Improving access to healthcare services or enhancing the health professions workforce

-Implementing services and/or programs that promote improved health outcomes

-Integrating healthcare and community based programs

Choose this program if... The primary goal of your project is to provide direct clinical care to rural and/or underserved patients The primary goal of your project is to provide trainings or to increase the health professions workforce

The primary goal of your project is to identify innovative solutions or best practices that can be adopted by other rural communities, expanded into a larger context, or informs public policy

In addition to our core funding opportunities, the CRPH sometimes offers additional, time-limited funding opportunities. The best way to learn about these programs is to subscribe to our newsletter by clicking the "Subscribe" button at the top of our website. You can also find a list of all currently open funding opportunities on our Submittable home page by clicking the "Submit" button. 

If you're still not sure which program you should apply to, you can always contact us through our Contact Form or by emailing us at

Project goals and aims are interchangeable terms. Project goals tend to be used in business or applied proposals while aims are most often used in research proposals. 


  Goals/Aims Objectives
Definition What the research project is intended to achieve How the goal/aim will be achieved
Specificity General intention and direction Specific and precise
Size Can be written in a single sentence or short paragraph Often written as a numbered list
Example Reduce poor health outcomes related to diabetes Reduce the number of eligible patients without an A1c test within the past year by 25%
Measurement Difficult to measure as they are often intangible  Should be easily measurable
Timeframe Focus on a project’s long-term outcomes Focus on a projects immediate, short-term outcomes


Your goal/aim should be made up of three parts that answer the below questions:

  1. Why is this research/project required?
  2. What is this research/project about?
  3. How are you going to do it?

The easiest way to achieve this would be to address each question in its own sentence, although it does not matter whether you combine them or write multiple sentences for each, the key is to address each one.

The first question, why, provides context to your project, the second question, what, describes the aim of your project, and the last question, how, acts as an introduction to your objectives which will immediately follow.

Each of your research objectives should be SMART:

  • Specific – is there any ambiguity in the action you are going to undertake, or is it focused and well-defined?
  • Measurable – how will you measure progress and determine when you have achieved the action?
  • Achievable – do you have the support, resources and facilities required to carry out the action?
  • Relevant – is the action essential to the achievement of your research aim?
  • Timebound – can you realistically complete the action in the available time alongside your other research tasks?

In addition to being SMART, your objectives should start with a verb that helps communicate your intent.

Submittable FAQs

Submittable is a submission management platform and is completely free for you to use. It takes only a few minutes to make an account, and you’ll be able to submit, organize your submissions, and get status updates on your submissions all in one place.

In order to submit an application you need a Submittable account. When clicking on the link for a specific funding opportunity, a pop up with appear asking you how you would like to proceed.

  • If you don’t have an account with Submittable, click on “Create Your Account.”
  • If you’ve used Submittable before, click on “Have An Account? Sign in” to log in to your existing account.

After you create an account, you will receive a validation email from Submittable Notifications. You will need to click a link to validate your email address.

Each submission on Submittable can only have one Submission Owner. This is the person who will be responsible for clicking the final "Submit" button when your application is ready. If your application is funded, this will also be the person who manages communications between the CRPH and your team and ensures that any reports and invoices are submitted. 

We recommend that either the project PI or main project manager initiate the application and act as Submission Owner.

If you would prefer to have multiple people access the project, you can also create a generic Submittable account using a shared email and password. Keep in mind that all submission communications will go to that email, so make sure to only use a monitored email address for your account. 

Even though only one account is considered the Submission Owner, multiple people and accounts can work on draft submissions simultaneously. See the information under "Can multiple people/accounts work on one application together?"

Submittable's submitter collaboration tool enables groups of applicants to work together on collective applications.

Once the Submission Owner starts an application, they can use the "Invite Collaborators" link the the top right area of the submission. Enter the email addresses of your collaborators and the system will send them a link to get started. 

After you've sent invitations to collaborate, you can click on the "Invite Collaborators" link again anytime to see the status of your invitations. In the row for each invitee who has not yet accepted their invitation, you will see a Pending indication. There will also be a trash can next to each person’s name so that the Submission Owner can remove anyone that they no longer want collaborating on the submission.

The Submission Owner is always the person who has sent invitations, and will be the only user who can submit the application after it is completed by the group. Collaborators will be able to contribute responses and save drafts at any time.

Role Permissions
Action Submission Owner Collaborators
View and edit draft submission Yes - Located under "All Submissions" tab Yes - Located under "Collaborations" tab
Invite collaborators Yes No
Save drafts Yes Yes
Submit Yes No
Receive notification when submission is officially submitted to CPRH Yes Yes
Edit submitted application Yes No
Receive post-award notifications Yes No
Correspond with CRPH in Submittable Yes No


Log in to your Submittable account and click on your initials in the circle found in the top right corner of the page. Click on "Settings" and navigate to the appropriate section using the menu on the left-hand side of the page.

CRPH staff cannot access your user account or make any changes to your profile. 

To return to a saved draft, login to your Submittable account and click on the “Saved Drafts” tab. Locate your draft and click “Continue” next to that draft. You will be taken back to your saved draft, which you can then continue to complete.

If you were invited as a collaborator on a submission, you can find those submissions under the "Collaborations" tab of your Submittable account. 

You can view your submissions at any time by logging into your account and clicking on the “Submissions” tab on the navigation bar at the top left of the page. Submissions are organized into six categorized tabs: All Submissions, Active, Accepted, Declined, Withdrawn, and Saved Drafts.

To make edits to a submitted application, locate and open the application by clicking on the submission name. If editing is allowable for this submission you will see an "Edit" link in the top right corner of the submission.

To withdraw a submitted application, locate and open the application by clicking on the submission name. If the submission is still active, you will see a "Withdraw" link in the top right corner of the submission.

You can check the status of your submissions by signing in to your Submittable account. Once you are in your Submittable account, the submission status label will appear to the left your submission.

  • Received: Your submission has been successfully sent to the CRPH.

  • In-Progress: Your submission has been received and is being reviewed by the CRPH. During this phase, we may reach out for additional information. 

  • Declined: Your submission has been declined.

  • Accepted: Your submission has been accepted.

  • Completed: Your project is complete and no longer active in the CRPH system. 

  • Withdrawn: Your submission has been withdrawn from consideration.

  • Editable: Your submission is open for editing. Make your edits and resubmit it.

  1. Login to your Submittable account and locate the submission for which you would like to review/submit your progress report or invoice.
  2. Click on the submission name to open your submission detail page and then navigate to the "Forms" tab. Here you will see all completed and outstanding additional forms for this project. 

If you have an active funded project through the CRPH, your first contact should always be your portfolio manager. You can refer back to your funding notification to find their contact information or message them directly through Submittable. 

If you are experiencing technical issues with Submittable or would like more information on this platform, you can reach Submittable IT here:

If you have a question about a funding opportunity or the CRPH, you can get in touch with us by clicking the "Contact Us" button at the top of this page or by emailing us at: