University of Southern California


New Provost Grant Program: Provost New Strategic Directions for Research Award (PNSDRA)

In response to discussions with research deans across the USC schools and looking at USC research strategically, we are updating the call for proposals for the Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship (PNDRS) program.

I am pleased to announce the Provost New Strategic Directions for Research Award (PNSDRA) Program to support innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research that involves faculty groups from multiple USC schools. This program replaces the Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship (PNDRS) program (Friday, February 28, 2020 deadline) and differs from the original PNDRS in several aspects. Full details of the new program are specified in the RFP:

The goal of this highly competitive funding opportunity is to identify as-yet undeveloped areas of USC interdisciplinary strengths, identified within a list of 30 topic areas (see RFP) that present opportunities for cross-school collaborations, targeting research problems that have high intellectual value and impact, and are externally fundable so they can be sustained and scaled up. This opportunity includes requirements for cross-school collaborations and involvement of both junior and senior faculty.

PNSDRA invites applications from faculty teams across USC; the grants will provide up to $250,000 in total support over two years.

The application deadline is 5 pm, Monday, April 20, 2020.

All questions about this program should be sent to

We look forward to seeing proposals from faculty teams across our USC schools toward addressing major research challenges facing society today. All proposals will be peer-reviewed, and will also receive suggestions from the DC Office of Research about possible funding sources outside of USC.

Maja J Mataric’
Interim Vice President of Research
University of Southern California