University of Southern California


Developing & Submitting a Successful Science/Engineering Grant

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for new and established USC investigators who wish to submit a grant application to programs in Federal Mission Agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Education (ED), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The objective is to educate investigators in the complete process of identifying appropriate target agencies and program officers, conceptualizing a mission agency grant proposal, structuring the application, submitting it for review, and working with agency officials to get the application funded.

Course Description

The course will focus on the unique needs, proposal requirements, and review processes of the various mission agencies. Course objectives will be to instruct participants in how to target specific agencies, determine their funding priorities, identify opportunities, prepare applications for the various solicitations, build relationships with program officers, and advocate effectively for funding of the application. It will also alert the participants to the assets available from Research Advancement to assist in those endeavors.


James Murday, Associate Director for Physical Sciences, USC Washington, DC Office for Research Advancement.


One 2 hour session. Offered once per semester.

Next course

October 7, 2015 | 12:00-2:00 PM | Location: UPC- TBD

Lunch provided

Course Materials

Federal Funding Agency Presentation Sept 2014

HSC Workshop Slide Presentation

Guide to FY 2013 Department of Defense (DOD) Research Funding

2003 Department of Defense Basic Research Plan (5MB).

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Course Registration

To register, please RSVP at least one week prior to the first class via email, indicating the course(s) you are attending, to

For information about workshops, contact the office at 213-740-6709.