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2019 Guide to Research and Other Faculty Resources

August 12, 2019 — Faculty, As we approach the start of our next academic year, please take a moment to view USC’s online resources that support research. Use these guides, along with other information available at, for planning and executing your research and scholarly projects. (more…)

Innovation Resources, Programs and Support for Faculty

June 20, 2019 — USC conducts research for the benefit of all segments of society.  These benefits result from new knowledge and discovery, the free sharing of research products (publications, data, software, standards, protocols, etc.) and the commercialization of software, diagnostics, therapeutics and other technology.  (more…)

Upcoming Due Date for Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship Award + Research Awards Made this Year

June 18, 2019 — Proposals for the Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship program are due on July 1, providing $250,000 to each interdisciplinary team, awarded for its work on new topics that have not previously received grant funding at USC or elsewhere. (more…)

USC Office of Research Diversity Website

June 3, 2019 — The Office of Research has launched a new website containing resources on diversity in research: (more…)

New Research Integrity and Ethics Appointments

May 6, 2019 — The Office of Research is committed to advancing a culture of ethical research at USC, including: (more…)

Investigations of Unapproved Foreign and other External Research Relationships

April 18, 2019 — As has been publicized, the National Institutes of Health is actively investigating cases where faculty failed to disclose outside research relationships.  Francis Collins reported to Congress that  "[t]here are multiple instances of faculty members who will not be faculty members anymore."  (more…)

New Funding for Innovation at USC

March 29, 2019 — Yesterday, at the USC Stevens Center Innovation Summit, I was pleased to announce two new programs supporting innovation at USC: (more…)

Appointments of Julie Slayton, David Bateshansky and Ari Aycock-Williams to OPRS, IRB & Animal Resources Leadership

March 14, 2019 — Ethics and integrity are cornerstones of academic research.  They provide a foundation for how we treat research participants, serve the public, and advance knowledge and understanding. Sound policy, training, guidance, oversight and expertise guide how we meet our ethical commitments.  Last fall, I announced a critical appointment to serve this purpose, when Dr. Michael Bowdish was selected as chair of the IRBs for Health Sciences.  I am now writing to let you know about additional appointments and changes.  (more…)

Promote Your Research through “The Conversation” and See USC Research Culture Survey Results

February 15, 2019 — In our assessment of research culture at USC, one request from faculty has been to offer more avenues to publicize the university’s great research. Toward that end, the provost office has executed an agreement with The Conversation (TC) that gives our faculty priority access and attention to promote placement of articles in media outlets.  (more…)

Data Sharing, Privacy, Security and Open Scholarship

December 6, 2018 — As you may have heard, the National Institutes for Health has requested input regarding a possible expansion of its scientific Data Management and Sharing Policy, which will likely require a data management and sharing plan as a condition of award.  In this memo, I provide background on activities at USC and elsewhere related to data sharing, and convey their significance. (more…)