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New Funding for Innovation at USC

Yesterday, at the USC Stevens Center Innovation Summit, I was pleased to announce two new programs supporting innovation at USC:

Conceived and supported by Provost Quick, the New Directions program funds interdisciplinary teams who propose novel ideas that have not been previously studied, here or elsewhere.  New Directions will catalyze out-of-the-box research and scholarship, as described in the solicitation. The program budgets up to $1.25M in FY20 to fund up to five awards ($250,000 per award).  My gratitude goes to Provost Quick for initiating this important new program.

Due to increased success in intellectual property management and licensing, the Stevens Center will offer an optional matching program for faculty inventors.   Faculty inventors may elect to invest a portion of their personal licensing income into their lab or center in support of research.  Inventor contributions will be matched by the Stevens Center, up to $100,000 per year (yielding a total budget of up to $200,000 per year), making a shared commitment to future innovation.  Interested faculty inventors may contact me ( or Jennifer Dyer ( directly for more details.

To take advantage of intellectual property protection and licensing opportunities, please remember to disclose your inventions, which is a simple on-line process using the Sophia system on the USC Stevens Center website.

Request for Proposals

The Center for Excellence in Research seeks proposals from the university community to organize and provide research mentorship events for faculty and postdocs. To submit a proposal or a suggestion for a workshop topic for our fall 2019 calendar, click here.

Data Management and Sharing

We have developed new guidance on creation of data management and sharing plans. Please view our draft and also visit: USC’s site for rigor and transparency in research and for data sharing resources.

Thank you,

Randolph W. Hall
Vice President, Research
University of Southern California