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Monthly Update – January 2020

January 29, 2020 — This month's updates from the Office of Research. (more…)

New Provost Grant Program: Provost New Strategic Directions for Research Award (PNSDRA)

January 21, 2020 — In response to discussions with research deans across the USC schools and looking at USC research strategically, we are updating the call for proposals for the Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship (PNDRS) program. (more…)

One last message for faculty…

December 18, 2019 — Since 2005, I’ve had the privilege to work with well over 1,000 faculty at USC – interacting through their appointment to research committees, award of Office of Research grants, my assistance in proposal creation, and organization of research events and trainings.   These faculty-centered activities reflect the pillars of the Office of Research. (more…)

USC Solicitations for Research & Sign Up for IncubateUSC for Faculty & Staff

December 6, 2019 — Research Solicitations: The annual solicitation for the USC Research Collaboration Fund is now posted. The fund supports faculty-led collaborations on interdisciplinary topics, aimed at building research communities at USC. (more…)

International Collaborations, Export Controls and Disclosure Requirements

November 19, 2019 — USC is a global institution committed to far-reaching global engagement in all of our research and learning programs, as well as inclusion of international students in our research, regardless of their nationality and religious beliefs. (more…)

Attend USC Faculty Workshop on Connecting to Media through “The Conversation”

November 11, 2019 — All USC faculty are invited to two workshops on Monday, Dec. 9, to discuss how to turn research into commentary to share with the world via The Conversation, a communications platform that gives USC professors priority to place articles in the news media. (more…)

Reuters Ranks USC as #8 in the World for Innovation + Funding for Innovation Research at USC

November 5, 2019 — I am happy to report that USC has risen to #8 among all universities in the world in Reuters’ annual ranking of innovation. (more…)

Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship Awards Announcement

September 20, 2019 — I am pleased to announce the first two awards under the Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship (PNDRS) program, which were chosen for their novelty, potential for establishing USC as a leader in a new area of scholarship, approach and societal impact: (more…)

How to Report Allegations of Research Misconduct

September 10, 2019 — All members of the USC community deserve confidence that the university will thoroughly and fairly investigate allegations of research misconduct, with appropriate confidentiality, and without fear of retaliation. We in the Office of Research are committed to maintaining the integrity of USC’s research through such due process, applied consistently throughout the university. (more…)

USC Funding for Faculty-Led Research and Scholarship & Associates Award Deadline

August 28, 2019 — The USC Office of Research supports faculty-led research and scholarship with peer-reviewed financial support and recognition, as well as mentoring. (more…)

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, 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.