University of Southern California

Research

Services of the Office of Research

The USC Office of Research supports the University of Southern California’s strategic plan by building interdisciplinary research collaborations that address societal needs and by increasing the impact and prominence of USC research. The office supports and facilitates research initiatives, promotes our research among sponsors, and provides services that ensure that USC achieves the highest ethical standards in its research.

The Office of Research is the university point of contact for:

The Office of Research consists of the following organizations:

Office of Research Initiatives and Facilities
Department of Animal Resources
Department of Contracts and Grants
Institute for Creative Technologies
Office for the Protection of Research Subjects
Office of Research Integrity
Research Technology Services
USC Stevens Center for Innovation
Washington, DC Research Advancement Office

 

Office of Research Initiatives and Facilities

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. The Center for Excellence in Research offers workshops and training, as well as a peer-to-peer proposal review service for applications to external funding agencies. Investigators should notify us at least 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.

Workshops and Training
Proposal Review Service Email

USC’s core facilities and laboratories support USC’s Plan for Science and Technology by providing outstanding facilities that enable faculty and students to perform cutting-edge research, attracting new transformative faculty to the university in critical areas such as high performance computing, genomics, biomedical imaging, translational medicine, nanoscience, and digital media, among others.

A short overview of Core Facilities.
Core Facilities and Laboratories Website

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Department of Animal Resources

The Department of Animal Resources (DAR) provides and ensures appropriate care in all aspects of USC animal research.

A short overview of Animal Research.
Department of Animal Resources Website

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Department of Contracts and Grants

The Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG) supports USC’s investigators from proposal development to award closeout, ensuring that our grants and contracts are consistent with university standards for academic freedom, research ethics, and fiscal responsibility.  DCG performs these services:

A short overview of Department of Contracts & Grants.
Department of Contracts and Grants Website

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Institute for Creative Technologies

The Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) that merges the creativity of the Los Angeles entertainment industry with computing to develop and deploy virtual reality training systems.

Institute for Creative Technologies Website

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Office for the Protection of Research Subjects

USC’s Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) develops program-wide policies for the conduct and review of human subjects research at USC, provides education and training, and oversees the Institutional Review Boards (IRB), which review projects involving human subjects research.

A short overview of Office for the Protection of Research Subjects.
Office for the Protection of Research Subjects Website

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Office of Research Integrity

The mission of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is to foster a culture of integrity within the entire USC research community.  The office works at university, school, and department levels to educate faculty, staff, trainees and students about responsible conduct in research and laboratory practices. ORI performs these services:

A short overview of Research Integrity.
Office of Research Integrity Email

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Research Technology Services

Research Technology Services (RTS) maintains and supports the following systems: diSClose and iStar. diSClose is used for managing conflicts of interest (Conflict of Interest in Research Committee). iStar is used by research involving human subjects (Institutional Review Board), involving animals (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee), involving biohazardous substances (Institutional Biosafety Committee) and involving radioactive substances or emitting devices (Radiation Safety Committee).

Research Technology Services Email

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USC Stevens Center for Innovation

USC Stevens is USC’s technology transfer office and also leads corporate research collaborations.

A short overview of USC Stevens Center for Innovation
USC Stevens Center for Innovation Website

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Washington, DC Research Advancement Office

The USC DC Office of Research Advancement works with faculty and teams on developing large-scale and interdisciplinary research proposals and informing research’s about federally-funded research programs.

A short overview of DC Office of Research Advancement
Office of Research Advancement Website

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In addition to the above services, the Office of Research also works closely with the following units in research-related contexts: