University of Southern California

Research

USC Funding for Faculty-Led Research and Scholarship & Associates Award Deadline

The USC Office of Research supports faculty-led research and scholarship with peer-reviewed financial support and recognition, as well as mentoring.

As we do each year, we seek nominations of exceptional faculty for the Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship, a recognition that honors colleagues who are among the top few scholars in the world within a field of broad significance. Deadline is Monday, September 9.

We have also posted the annual solicitation for the Zumberge program.  Applications are requested in three categories: (1) individual, for new and junior faculty, or faculty in fields with limited external support; (2) interdisciplinary, offering seed funding for experienced faculty pursuing major external funding initiatives, and (3) diversity and inclusion, for faculty at all levels. Deadlines are in January and February.

The Office of Research also invites proposals for faculty-led mentoring workshops within the Center for Excellence in Research for Spring 2020. Faculty interested in leading a research workshop on collaboration, funding, data management, promoting their research, professional development, research methods, grant writing, etc. may submit a proposal through our form by Friday, September 27. Also, please attend our fall events or take advantage of our peer review program for draft proposals.

Update: Provost New Directions for Research and Scholarship

The faculty response to this new program was exceptional – so exceptional that the reviews are taking longer than anticipated. 144 faculty participated in 52 proposals.  We are in the final stages of review, with selections to be announced by Friday, September 20.

Results of Other 2019 Solicitations

We were fortunate to fund 41 of the 126 proposals received for our 2019 award cycle (9 award programs), investing $4.8M in awards to date, complemented by $1.8M in dean matching support, with additional awards coming through the New Directions program. We congratulation the complete list of all 2019 awardees.

Please read below for more details on Office of Research programs, as well as programs from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Additional internal funding announcements can be found here.

Last, for information on strategic priorities and plans in research, visit our strategic plans as well as diversity section.

Randolph Hall
Vice President of Research

 

Office of Research-Sponsored Solicitations

Zumberge Individual
Application deadline: 5 pm, Monday, January 6, 2020

The Zumberge Individual grant provides up to $30,000 in research support. The primary purpose of the individual awards program is to help our junior colleagues and new faculty launch their scholarly research careers, outside of the area of clinical research, which is supported by the CTSI (please note additional limitations in solicitation). It does so by providing grants that assist faculty in developing sustained research programs or serve as a stepping stone to external funding agencies for faculty that do not already have significant sponsored research programs. The Zumberge Individual grant also supports the inclusion of senior mentors to advise junior faculty as they develop their research programs. The secondary purpose of the individual awards program is to support faculty of any rank who work in fields where external funding opportunities are limited.

Zumberge Diversity & Inclusion
Application deadline: 5 pm, Monday, January 13, 2020

Diversity in research is a key component of innovation. It enhances the creative process by bringing to the table new concepts and points of view and contributes to a culture of transformative scholarship. The Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in Research Award is a special solicitation aimed at supporting research and scholarship that addresses critical gaps in knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion, or which benefits diverse communities. To achieve these goals, the Zumberge D&I in Research Award provides up to $30,000 in pilot research support.

Zumberge Interdisciplinary
Application deadline: 5 pm, Monday, February 10, 2020

Zumberge Multi-School Interdisciplinary Research Awards provide seed funding for broad, collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve groups of faculty from multiple schools across USC. Successful proposals are led by faculty with strong records of previous research accomplishments.  Interdisciplinary awards are intended for teams of such faculty who are preparing a proposal for an externally-funded multi-investigator grant on the scale of an interdisciplinary center, training grant or program project award. To be considered for this award, applications must (a) plan to apply for an externally-funded grant specific to the proposed topic, (b) provide a realistic plan for sustained funding or support beyond the end of the award, and (c) demonstrate that a Zumberge award will make a difference in attracting further research support. Additionally, PIs and co-PIs must have a record of sustained funding from outside the university over the past 5 years. To achieve these goals, the Zumberge Interdisciplinary provides up to $85,000 (Large) and $10,000 (Small) in research support.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute-Sponsored Solicitations

Team Building Grant
Application deadline: Rolling deadline

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute is seeking applications for team building activities of up to $3,000 each from small research teams.  This mechanism is intended to provide rapid funding for activities that promote the SC CTSI goal of assembling new multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary teams focused on clinical and community research, particularly those that are grounded in the team science principles principles.

Clinical and Community Research Award
Application deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, October 7, 2019

These awards are intended to support the development and testing of new approaches and/or tools that increase the speed, efficiency, safety and/or quality of clinical, community, health outcomes and/or implementation research. Successful applicants will define challenges or barriers in the conduct of research and propose the development of a solution or process that can be tested within the pilot project and/or with subsequent extramural funding. This mechanism is not intended to fund basic or preclinical research. Each award provides up to $40,000 in support.

Improving Research Methods and Processes Grant
Application deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, October 7, 2019

These awards are intended to support the development and testing of new approaches and/or tools that increase the speed, efficiency, safety and/or quality of clinical, community, health outcomes and/or implementation research. Successful applicants will define challenges or barriers in the conduct of research and propose the development of a solution or process that can be tested within the pilot project and/or with subsequent extramural funding. This mechanism is not intended to fund basic or preclinical research. Each award provides up to $40,000 in support.