University of Southern California

Research

Announcements

2019 Guide to Research and Other Faculty Resources

August 12, 2019 — 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 research.usc.edu, 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…)

Service Commitments, Faculty Commitments and NIH/FBI Focus on Foreign Relationships

October 15, 2018 — Creation and dissemination of impactful research depend on a shared commitment from the entire research community, including faculty and staff.  Toward that end, this memo covers three topics:  (more…)

Research Culture: Engagement, Integrity, Freedom and Mentorship

October 1, 2018 — This year, the University Research Committee (URC, a joint Provost/Academic Senate committee) will focus on USC’s research culture.  Yaniv Bar-Cohen and I are pleased to work with our co-Chairs (Andy McMahon, Michelle Povinelli and John Wood) to explore ways to engage more faculty, staff and students in research and scholarship, while promoting a culture of integrity, academic freedom and mentorship.  (more…)

USC Funding for Faculty Led Research & Alan Alda Wants Your Input on Science Communication

October 1, 2018 — The USC Office of Research -- with funding from the Provost, Rose Hills Foundation and the Ming Hsieh Institute endowment – offers peer-reviewed financial support for research and scholarship, as described below.  (more…)

USC Research YouTube Channel, Research Instrument Awards, CER, Diversity, Collaboration Groups

August 15, 2018 — As we start the new academic year, I’m happy to relay some news: (more…)

Chair of Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Health Sciences

July 31, 2018 — USC is seeking a new chair for its health sciences IRB. Nominations and applications are requested. Please see our position announcement.

Integration of IRB and DCG Offices

May 31, 2018 — USC has historically operated separate offices for the Department of Contracts and Grants and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the Health Science and University Park Campuses. At one time, it was important to have physical presences on the two central campuses because of the paper-flow between academic departments and the research offices. (more…)

Distribution of USC Software

May 9, 2018 — The Stevens Center, working with its Faculty Advisory Committee, has created new guidance documents on open source software. Please save and consult these documents for information on how best to protect and share software without sacrificing commercialization potential, while meeting legal requirements. Read more here and here.

Private Secrets, Data Sharing and Trust in Science

November 28, 2017 — Privacy, transparency and trust are all important to science and research. Watch a video presentation Vice President Randolph Hall gave on these topics at the Elsevier conference here. Password: elsevier2017

All Faculty Email – Awards 2017

August 23, 2017 — The Office of Research has added a new USC research solicitation focused on diversity to this list of sponsored solicitations for the upcoming year. Read more here.

Changes in IRB Procedures

April 24, 2017 — Procedures in place aimed at a more efficient IRB review process: faster review, prioritizing time sensitive funding, simplified exempt review and reduced burden to provide financial information. Read full MEMO here.

International Collaborations Policy

March 2, 2017 — New policy to help faculty, staff & students understand how federal regulations apply to USC-related research, instruction, student outreach & other partnerships & affiliations. Full MEMO here.

MestreLab’s MestaReNova 11.0.2 officially released

January 24, 2017 — MestreLab’s MestReNova 11.0.2 NMR/mass spec data processing software is a free service that is now available for all USC users. For more info, click here.

USC Grant Programs

December 12, 2016 — We are alerting faculty of various competitions for funding available from the Office of Research. See the USC Grant Programs Memo here and read more here.

Fulfilling Our Commitments Memo

October 28, 2016 — Technology transfer sometimes entails the establishment of new businesses that further develop technology that created USC. Obligations regarding potential conflicts of interest, proper disclosure of inventions, and intellectual property are discussed regarding technological innovation. Read full memo here.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Memo

September 7, 2016 — Services available that support innovation and entrepreneurship in the university: USC Stevens Center for Innovation is our technology transfer office, Incubate USC is USC’s portal to all university innovation and entrepreneurship programs, the DTLA Business Improvement District has launched an “Innovate LA” initiative to develop an innovation strategy to attract technology industries and startups into the downtown district. Full MEMO