University of Southern California


James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund

Zumberge Fund Awards

The James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund is USC’s university-wide faculty research grant support mechanism. It awards several hundred thousand dollars each year through its annual James H. Zumberge Awards competition. The Zumberge Fund promotes the initiation of research at USC through two types of awards: Individual Awards and Interdisciplinary Awards.

Individual awards help newer faculty launch their research careers, and support research in areas with limited external funding opportunities through grants of up to $30,000. Interdisciplinary awards of up to $85,000 foster collaborative efforts among faculty from different schools and disciplines that lead to sustained interdisciplinary research programs and projects.

Recent recipients of Zumberge Interdisciplinary grants have gone on to receive:

• $5 million per year in support from the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center program, to establish the Center on Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations at USC.

• More than $4 million per year from the National Institutes of Health to bring the Bioinformatics Research Network (BIRN) to USC.

• Support from Lockheed Martin Corporation to establish the Center for Quantum Computing at USC, and to bring the D-Wave quantum computer to the university.

Interdisciplinary applicants aim to leverage their Zumberge awards for follow-on grants of this scale.

Inquiries regarding Zumberge Fund programs, please contact the Office of Research at ( or 213-821-8163).

Multi-School INTERDISCIPLINARY Award Program

Download the Interdisciplinary Guidelines: 2017 Zumberge Interdisciplinary RFP

Large Grant Deadline: February 13, 2017, 12 pm
Small Grant Deadline: Open

INDIVIDUAL Award Program

Download the Guidelines:  2017 Zumberge Individual RFP [updated 10/11/16]
Individual Award Application Deadline: January 9, 2017, 12 pm

Proposal Submission

Submit your proposal application utilizing the new Office of Research application submission and reporting portal.

Go to USC Application Portal to log in (or create an account for yourself), using your USC email address.

Important: You may experience problems with the online application if using the browser Internet Explorer. If you experience problems, it is advisable to access the application system through a different browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

For questions regarding the proposal submission process, please contact the Office of Research at ( or 213-821-8163).

Previous Zumberge Fund Recipients