University of Southern California


Research at USC

The University of Southern California is one of a small number of premier research institutions on which the nation depends for a steady stream of new knowledge, innovations and discovery. USC had $889 million in research expenditures in the 2018 fiscal year, is ranked second in the nation among all universities in the size of its federally funded computer science research program, and has the largest graduate program in science, engineering and health of all research universities.

USC has 12,000 students pursuing degrees in the health professions (including clinical, science, biomedical, public health and policy), and has developed programs to integrate clinical care with research and education across the entire university (see report). We have also been a leader in the Association of Academic Health Centers’ Aligned Institutional Mission Program.

USC is rapidly expanding its research activity through a strategy that emphasizes collaboration across multiple disciplines and meeting societal needs, such as:

Students at all levels are provided opportunities to participate in research projects and other creative endeavors, and to interact with a faculty that is distinguished for the impact of its research.

The University of Southern California has also established the USC Stevens Center for Innovation to support our students and faculty in the translation of inventions and discoveries into practice, so that we are not only at the forefront of creative research, we are also making a meaningful difference in the health and welfare of society. Through this strategy and others, USC has become one of the most influential and productive research universities in the world.

Click HERE for a detailed list of Active PI awards as of June 2021.

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USC’s strategic priorities for research are:

  1. Excellence through rigor, transparency and reproducibility.
  2. Research that is impactful by benefiting and engaging all segments of society.
  3. Innovation in the research we conduct and in the methods by which we conduct research.
  4. Implementation of integrated digital tools to integrate all aspects of research administration via the TARA system and to enable collaborative research.
  5. Expansion of centers of excellence for fundamental scientific and technological research, providing state-of-the-art shared precision instruments.
  6. Integration of health research with clinical care, education and community outreach across the entire university.
  7. Infusion of a culture of mentorship to support the development of research abilities throughout the university.

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USC Research Strategic Plans:

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USC Research Committee Reports:

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USC Research Culture:

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