University of Southern California

Research

USC Research Awards

Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Associates Award for Artistic Expression
Associates Award for Creativity in Research
Center for International Studies- Research Clusters
Center for Religion & Civic Culture
Collaboration Fund
Collaborative Research in Regenerative Medicine
College Initiative on Seedling and Seal-the-Deal Research Support
Core Instrumentation Fund
CREATE Homeland Security Center
Donald E. & Delia Baxter Foundation Faculty Fellows Program
Early Modern Studies Institute
Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Award
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Mellon-USC Awards for Excellence in Mentoring
METRANS Transportation Center
Ming Hsieh Institute for Research for Engineering-Medicine for Cancer
Provost’s Initiative on Arts and the Humanities
Rose Hills Foundation Research Fellowship
Rose Hills Foundation Science and Engineering Fellowships
Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center
Southern California Research Center for ALPD & Cirrhosis
Team Science Award for Healthy Aging in Los Angeles County
USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center
USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program
USC and Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI)
Undergraduate Research Associates Program
Viterbi Research Innovation Fund
Women in Science and Engineering
Wright Foundation Research Awards
Zumberge Faculty and Research Innovation Fund

Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Advancing Scholarship program has been reconfigured, and will now be administered by Vice Provost Beth Meyerowitz in the Office of Faculty Affairs.  Questions should be directed to her office at vpfac@usc.edu.  Full details and an application can be found at http://fpd.usc.edu.

Information regarding the earlier program, including previous awardees, is available here.

Associates Award for Artistic Expression

The newly created Associates Award for Artistic Expression is the highest honor the university faculty bestows on its members for outstanding contributions in the world of the arts. Eligibility for the Associates Award includes full-time, tenure and non-tenure track faculty with at least six years of service at USC. Two awards of $3,500 are presented each year.

Program Information
Deadline: October 31, 2014

Associates Award for Creativity in Research

Annual awards are the highest honors the university faculty bestows on its members for distinguished intellectual and artistic achievements. Any faculty member can be nominated by deans or colleagues. Two awards of $3,500 are presented each year.

Program and Deadline Information  ||   Current Recipients

Center for International Studies – Research Clusters

CIS is calling for the formation of Research Clusters which bring together researchers from different disciplines in order to take on subjects of major scope. Approved Research Clusters will receive an award of $2500, with the potential to be renewed annually. For more information contact Patrick James, CIS Director.

Program Information
1st call in August and 2nd call in January

Center for Religion & Civic Culture

The Interdisciplinary Research Group of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CCRC) is now soliciting proposals for religion-related scholarship.  Three fellowships of up to $10,000. Funds are available for research related to religion. The awards are for USC faculty members of any rank. For more information, please contact Lisa Bitel at bitel@usc.edu

Program Information

Collaboration Fund

The Research Collaboration Fund supports the creation and development of expansive research collaborations among faculty and students working on broad interdisciplinary research topics, such as water, neuroscience, digital humanities, or the environment.

Program and Deadline Information  ||  Current Projects

Collaborative Research in Regenerative Medicine

A new USC initiative will support collaborative research in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology across the university, facilitating the critical move from basic research into clinical applications.

Program and Deadline Information

College Initiative on Seedling and Seal-the-Deal Research Support

Research grants of up to $2500 intended to aid in the preparation of extramural funding proposals by New Investigators (tenured and tenure-track) in USC Dornsife. Under this initiative the Dean’s office will contribute one-time seed research funds to USC Dornsife eligible faculty who commit to submitting a nationally competitive extramural funding proposal.  This money is designed to support proposal preparation, data analysis, pilot data collection, preliminary research, or similar activities.

Program and Deadline Information

Core Instrumentation Fund

The Core Instrumentation Fund supports acquisition of shared instrumentation that enables major research endeavors in the sciences, medicine and engineering. Example areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Microscopy, Genomics, Imaging and Biophysics.

Program and Deadline Information  ||  Previous Recipients

CREATE Homeland Security Center

CREATE seeks 2-3 page White Papers on research projects in risk analysis, economics and operations research.  CREATE’s mission is to use research and education to help the nation deter, prevent and mitigate attacks by adaptive adversaries and provide resilience to terrorism and natural disasters. Three awards of up to $100,000 per award are expected.

White Paper Call FY15
Deadline: October 15, 2013 by 5pm PST

Donald E. & Delia Baxter Foundation Faculty Fellows Program

The Keck School of Medicine is seeking junior faculty research proposals to submit to the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation. The Foundation is interested in supporting innovative, cutting-edge research that leads to the development of new therapies, diagnostic tools, and disease prevention. Two awards, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, are presented each year.  For program information contact Kavita Munjal.

Deadline: February annually

Early Modern Studies Institute

Two faculty awards for one-semester research fellowships and for up to $4000 in research funds; and two one-year dissertation fellowships for doctoral students.

Fellowship and Deadline Information

Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Award

The award supports cutting-edge technical advances, bioengineering, imaging, and molecular, genetic and cellular research, provided it has clear value to the broad objectives of USC Stem Cell.

Program and Deadline Information

Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Open to all USC students, faculty and researchers. This is an opportunity to get your business idea in front of investors and to win seed money to get you started. More than $60,000 in prizes. There are two 1st place prizes of $20,000 each!

Program and Deadline Information

Mellon-USC Awards for Excellence in Mentoring

The USC-Mellon Mentoring Awards honor individual faculty for helping build a supportive academic environment at USC through faculty-to-student and faculty-to-faculty mentoring.

Nomination and Deadline Information

METRANS Transportation Center

Annual competition funds research which address issues in metropolitan transportation. Research awards up to $90,000.

METRANS Request for Proposals
Deadline: April 28, 2014

Ming Hsieh Institute for Research of Engineering-Medicine for Cancer

The Ming Hsieh Institute seeks proposals that will initiate new nanomedicine research projects that show exceptional promise for translation into human clinical trials for treatment of cancer. Research awards of up to $100,000.

Program and Deadline Information

View Featured Research of previously awarded proposals

Provost’s Initiative on Arts and the Humanities

Grants to support the engagement of USC students with the arts and humanities and confirm the university’s commitment to the central role these disciplines play in public life.

Call for Proposals
Deadline: Preliminary proposals due October 7, 2013

Rose Hills Foundation – Research Fellowship

The primary purpose of the Rose Hills Fellowship is to provide junior faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with seed funds to launch their scholarly research careers. It does so by providing grants that assist faculty in developing self-sustaining research programs or serve as a stepping stone to external funding agencies for faculty who do not already have significant sponsored research programs.

Program and Deadline Information ||  Awardees

Rose Hills Foundation Science and Engineering Fellowships

Each undergraduate student funded by the program will receive a stipend in the amount of $5000 to support full-time research in science or engineering for a period of not less than eight weeks during the summer. Each faculty supervisor will receive $2000 for his or her research account for each student supervised.

Program and Deadline Information

Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)

$1M/yr available in pilot awards to support a wide range of research needs—from initial research planning activities, to large, multi-disciplinary research projects! The awards also equip USC faculty with the critical funds they need to move their basic, clinical, or population findings through the research pipeline and into clinical or community health applications. For questions, please contact SC-CTSI at rd@sc-ctsi.org or 323.442.8188.

Program and Deadline Information

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center

The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) is seeking applications for their 2015 Environmental Health Research Pilot Project Grants. The SCEHSC awards one-year pilot projects (up to $50,000) that aim to promote the understanding of environmental exposures, host factors, and human disease. The goal of the program is to provide investigators with an opportunity to collect preliminary data and/or validate the utility of specific methods or techniques to establish the feasibility of larger-scale research projects and ultimately seek external, especially NIEHS funding.

Eligible applicants include faculty or graduate students/postdoctoral researchers with a faculty sponsor. Young investigators are particularly encouraged to apply, and with all other factors equal, will receive funding priority. Applicants should submit a one-page Letter of Intent describing their proposed projects by Wednesday, September 3, 2014 to Ms. Lisa Grossman. Applications must be electronically received by Monday, September 15, 2014. For more information, contact Lisa Grossman at (323) 442-2750 or lgrossma@usc.edu.

Program and Application Details

Southern California Research Center for ALPD & Cirrhosis

The USC Southern California Research Center for ALPD & Cirrhosis funds approximately four pilot projects each year. Awards of approximately $20,000 are available to support junior faculty with an existing research interest in the Center’s theme; junior faculty with an interest in basic or translational research; or for investigators interested in transitioning to alcohol or cirrhosis research.

Pilot Project Funding
Deadline: LOI due in September (4th Monday); Proposals due in November (2nd Monday)

Team Science Award for Healthy Aging in Los Angeles County

Healthy aging is broadly conceived as relating to physical, emotional and social health. It involves diverse constructs such as physical activity and fitness, mobility, ability to age “in place,” ability to take care of basic needs, maintenance of meaningful social interaction with others, and health care interventions that prevent, slow or mitigate the impact of chronic conditions among older populations, including mental health and substance use.

Program and Deadline Information

USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center

The ADRC invites clinical and basic science investigators to submit letters of intent for 12 month pilot projects.

The ADRC focuses on mild cognitive changes related to Alzheimer, cerebrovascular disease, and their interactions in diverse communities. We seek new basic, clinical and psychosocial approaches to the pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of early cognitive impairment in humans and animal models. We encourage the development of new approaches to intervention and translational research from preclinical to early phase trials.

Proposal and Deadline Information

USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program

The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program promotes, develops, and supports innovations to improve patient care. The program provides mentoring, project management, and funding to promising translational projects with the goal of moving innovative technologies to clinical application through commercialization. Grants are awarded for a one year period, and may be submitted for renewal. The average size of the grant is $100K.

Program and Deadline Information

USC and Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI)

USC is excited to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for this year’s round of funding from Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI). CTI is an innovative Pfizer program that partners with leading academic medical centers nationwide to accelerate the translation of novel biomedical insights to the clinic. CTI enables translational medicine by accelerating research and development of discoveries from target identification to proof of mechanism in a Phase 1 clinical trial.

All researchers, clinicians and post-docs may apply. Interested scientists should contact the Office of Foundation Relations at the Keck School of Medicine of USC regarding any questions about the Pfizer CTI program. To learn more about the CTI program and obtain a copy of the pre-proposal submission form, please contact Kavita Munjal, Senior Executive Director of Foundation Relations at munjal@med.usc.edu.

Program Information

Undergraduate Research Associates Program

Supports faculty engaging in collaborative research with undergraduate students. Awards up to $10,000 for multiple student stipends to participate in scholarly research with faculty investigators.

Program and Deadline Information

Viterbi Research Innovation Fund

The Viterbi Research Innovation Fund program is aimed at fostering novel strategic research directions, projects, and activities in the school. Faculty with novel ideas and collaborations are encouraged to apply. Up to $50,000 in Fund support across multiple awards is expected to be awarded.

Call for Proposals
Deadline: Spring and Fall of each year

Women in Science and Engineering

This competitive program offers awards of up to $25,000 and is aimed at offsetting subtle biases, barriers, and career interruptions that have been shown to hinder the advancement of women faculty in science and engineering at research universities.

Program and Deadline Information

Wright Foundation Research Awards

The Keck School of Medicine announces the Robert E. and May R. Wright Foundation Award to promote faculty research in three general areas: arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. Proposals that initiate a new research program or direction and those that are interdisciplinary or have translational potential are highly encouraged. Awards range from $50,000 to $100,000.

Program Information: Contact Eric Ponce at the Keck School of Medicine
Email: Eric.ponce@med.usc.edu
Deadline: June 2015

Zumberge Faculty and Research Innovation Fund

Individual research awards support junior faculty in developing research programs and securing external funding; funds up to $25,000 per award.

Individual Grants and Interdisciplinary Grants    ||    Previous Recipients

Deadline (Individual Program): January 12, 2015, 5:00 pm

Interdisciplinary research awards support cooperative efforts between multiple faculty across different schools and disciplines to build durable collaborative research programs and secure external funding. Small Research Grants provide up to $10,000 for projects lasting three months or less; Large Research Grants provide up to $85,000 for projects lasting up to one year.

Deadline (Interdisciplinary Program):
Full Proposals due February 13, 2015, 5:00 pm