University of Southern California


Center for Excellence in Research

For a full calendar of events, which includes USC faculty led workshops as well as the core Research Advancement courses below, visit the Workshops and Training website.


The Center for Excellence in Research (CER) is a faculty-initiated activity at USC designed to increase the impact and prominence of scholarly research throughout the university.

Under the auspices of the Office of Research and the University Research Committee, a joint Academic Senate-Provost committee, the CER will promote advancement, leadership and excellence in the pursuit of all areas of research, university-wide. The core of the CER will be a group of USC faculty experts, who are both accomplished and committed to promoting a culture of excellence in research at USC. Our faculty experts are serve also leaders, advisors and mentors to fellow faculty and students both within and beyond their areas of expertise. The primary activities of the CER are a series of faculty-led research salons, and training workshops organized by the Office of Research.

CER Research Advancement Workshops

The Center for Excellence in Research, within the Office of Research, organizes a series of workshops for university researchers. These courses, directed by the Office of Research leadership, former federal agency officials, and other experts, are designed to provide researchers across all fields of study with specialized skills and knowledge in seeking funding from government, foundation, and corporate organizations.

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 Silvia da Costa at