University of Southern California


Center for Excellence in Research


The Center for Excellence in Research, within the Office of Research, is USC’s faculty research mentoring program aimed to increase the impact and prominence of scholarly research throughout the university.

CER Research Advancement Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Research provides workshops for USC faculty and postdocs led by the Office of Research leadership, former federal agency officials, and other experts.

A full list and schedule of workshops and training, along with registration information, can be found on the research advancement workshop website.

Proposal Review Service

Through the Center for Excellence in Research, the Office of Research offers a peer-to-peer proposal review service for applications to external funding agencies. Investigators should notify Silvia da Costa roughly four weeks in advance of the proposal due date, indicating the nature of the proposal and providing a link to the program announcement. We will then match the investigator with a reviewer. Draft proposals should be provided at least two weeks prior to the due date. Faculty who wish to utilize this service, or volunteer to serve as a mentor, should contact