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USC Research Awards

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USC Office of Research Funding Opportunities
Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship
Collaboration Fund
Core/Shared Infrastructure Fund
Ming Hsieh Institute for Research for Engineering-Medicine for Cancer
Strategic Directions for Research Award
Technology Advancement Grants (TAGs)
Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Fund

Other USC Internal Funding Opportunities
Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Answering the Call: Senate/Provost Strategic Plan Implementation Grants
Associates Award for Artistic Expression
Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Grant
CHLA Core Pilot Program
College Initiative on Seedling and Seal-the-Deal Research Support
Donald E. & Delia Baxter Foundation Faculty Fellows Program
Early Modern Studies Institute
Eli and Edythe Broad Clinical Research Fellows
Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Award
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
MADRES Center for Environmental Health Disparities
Mellon-USC Awards for Excellence in Mentoring
METRANS Transportation Center
Mousetrap Fund
National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST)
Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR)
Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI)
Provost’s Initiative on Arts and the Humanities
Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center
Southern California Research Center for ALPD & Cirrhosis
Undergraduate Research Associates Program
USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center
USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Research Applications
Viterbi Internal Center Incubator
Women in Science and Engineering
Wright Foundation Research Awards

 

USC Office of Research Funding Opportunities

Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship

Annual awards are the highest honors the university faculty bestows on its members for distinguished intellectual achievements. Any faculty member can be nominated by deans or colleagues.  New applications will be due in September annually. Two awards of $3,500 are presented each year.

Program Information | Current Recipients
Deadline: Usually in November

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Collaboration Fund

The Research Collaboration Fund supports the creation and development of expansive research collaborations among faculty and students working on broad interdisciplinary research topics, such as water, neuroscience, digital humanities, or the environment.

Program Information | Current Projects
Deadline: Usually in February

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USC Core/Shared Infrastructure Fund

The Core/Shared Infrastructure Fund supports acquisition of shared research infrastructure that includes instruments, equipment, datasets, repositories, and other key resources that are open to all USC researchers.

Program Information | Previous Recipients
Deadline: 5pm, Monday, April 20, 2021

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Ming Hsieh Institute for Research of Engineering-Medicine for Cancer

The Ming Hsieh Institute seeks proposals that will initiate new interdisciplinary research projects that show exceptional promise for translation into human clinical trials for treatment of disease (including diseases other than cancer). Research awards of up to $150,000.

Program Information | Previous Recipients
Deadline: 5 pm, Monday, January 25, 2021

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Strategic Directions for Research Award

The Strategic Directions for Research Award (SDRA) Program supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research that involves faculty groups from multiple USC schools. The goal of this competitive funding opportunity is to identify areas of USC interdisciplinary strengths that present opportunities for cross-school collaboration and sustainable future external funding. We invite applications from faculty teams across USC. Applying teams must show their qualifications, creativity, and ability to make USC a leader in a significant area of study, as well as the sustainability of the proposed research with external funding. SDRA provides up to $200,000 for one year; smaller budgets are welcome.

Program Information | Previous Recepients
Deadline: 5 pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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Technology Advancement Grants (TAGs)

USC Stevens – Technology Advancement Grants (TAGs) supports early stage technologies developed at USC. The technology can be from any discipline but will have to demonstrate a strong potential for commercialization and can be advanced by an investment on the scale of $50,000 or less.

Program InformationPrevious Recipients
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, February 5, 2021
Invited Proposal Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 9, 2021

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Zumberge Faculty Research & Innovation Fund — Individual Research Award

The Zumberge Individual Research Award support junior faculty in developing research programs and securing external funding.

Individual Research Award | Previous Recipients
Deadline: 5 pm, Monday, February 1, 2021

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Zumberge Faculty Research & Innovation Fund — Interdisciplinary Research Award

The Zumberge Interdisciplinary Research Award support cooperative efforts between multiple faculty across different schools and disciplines to build durable collaborative research programs and secure external funding. Small Research Grants provide up to $10,000 for projects lasting three months or less; Large Research Grants provide up to $85,000 for projects lasting up to one year.

Interdisciplinary Research Award | Previous Recipients
Deadline: 5 pm, Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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Zumberge Faculty Research & Innovation Fund — Diversity & Inclusion Research Award

The Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion Research Award is aimed at supporting research and scholarship that addresses critical gaps in knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion, or which benefits diverse communities. To achieve these goals, the Zumberge D&I Research Award provides up to $30,000 in pilot research support

Diversity & Inclusion Research Award | Previous Recipients
Deadline: 5 pm, Monday, February 22, 2021

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Zumberge Faculty Research & Innovation Fund — Epidemic & Virus Related Research and Development Award

In response to the current pandemic of COVID-19 specifically, and more broadly, to the need to addresses critical gaps in knowledge and response methods, tools, technologies, and strategies related to viral diseases and disease outbreaks, the Office of Research is issuing the Zumberge Epidemic & Virus Related Research and Development Award, jointly sponsored by the USC Office of the Provost and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

Epidemic & Virus Related Research and Development Award | Previous Recipients
Deadline: Usually in May

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Other USC Internal Funding Opportunities

Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The ASHSS program includes three distinct funding channels targeting faculty at strategic points during their academic careers.

Program Information | Previous Recipients
Deadline: Usually in November, January and February

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Answering the Call: Senate/Provost Strategic Plan Implementation Grants

The 2018 USC Strategic Plan, Answering the Call, proposes to allocate up to $10 million over the next five years to advance goals in Four Pillars: 1) Leading Through Values, 2) Leading Through People, 3) Leading Through Impact, and 4) Leading Through Transformation.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in February

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Associates Award for Artistic Expression

The newly created Associates Award for Artistic Expression is the highest honor the university faculty bestows on its members for outstanding contributions in the world of the arts. Eligibility for the Associates Award includes full-time, tenure and non-tenure track faculty with at least six years of service at USC. Two awards of $3,500 are presented each year.

Program Information
Deadline: Friday, October 23, 2020

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Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Grant

Supported through a pediatric device consortia grant from the FDA, the West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) is pleased to provide grants to support the advancement of innovations in pediatric technology and devices. Funds will be granted to develop pediatric innovation from ideation through commercialization. Funds are available to support the achievement of milestones on the path to development of pediatric innovation in devices and technology. Up to six grants will be awarded in the range of $25,000-50,000 per grant for a term of one year.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in April

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CHLA Core Pilot Program

At CHLA, the Core Pilot Program exists to supply funding support for investigators to acquire preliminary data to provide a competitive edge for securing extramural grant funding. This program is one of a number of institutional investments to grow the research portfolio of the CHLA research enterprise.

Program Information

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College Initiative on Seedling and Seal-the-Deal Research Support

Research grants of up to $2500 intended to aid in the preparation of extramural funding proposals by New Investigators (tenured and tenure-track) in USC Dornsife. Under this initiative the Dean’s office will contribute one-time seed research funds to USC Dornsife eligible faculty who commit to submitting a nationally competitive extramural funding proposal.  This money is designed to support proposal preparation, data analysis, pilot data collection, preliminary research, or similar activities.

Program Information

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Donald E. & Delia Baxter Foundation Faculty Fellows Program

The Keck School of Medicine is seeking junior faculty research proposals to submit to the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation. The Foundation is interested in supporting innovative, cutting-edge research that leads to the development of new therapies, diagnostic tools, and disease prevention. Two awards, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, are presented each year.  For program information contact Kavita Munjal.

Deadline: Usually in February

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Early Modern Studies Institute

The Institute will offer up to two one-semester fellowships for USC faculty whose work relates to the period from c. 1450 to c. 1850.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in February

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Eli and Edythe Broad Clinical Research Fellows

A new gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has enabled the renewal of the prestigious Broad Clinical Research Fellows program at USC.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in November

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Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Awards

Various gifts from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation have established the Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Awards in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC. See program links below for more information.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in January

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Keck School of Medicine of USC – Dean’s Bridge Funding Program

The Office of the Dean would like to collaborate with KSOM departments and institutes to provide bridge funding to productive PIs who have lost their extramural funding, but remain potentially
competitive. This funding will provide PIs with the opportunity to conduct research that will lead to new extramural grant support. Limited to Keck Faculty only. Proposals are to be emailed to Janet Stoeckert at janet.stoeckert@usc.edu.

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Keck School of Medicine of USC – Dean’s Pilot Funding Program

The Office of the Dean would like to collaborate with KSOM departments and institutes to provide faculty members with funding for initial exploration of new research areas. Priority will be to obtain feasibility data that will lead to submission of new NIH R-series or other major research proposals. The primary target audiences include junior investigators starting a research program and established investigators moving to a new area of research that is clearly distinct from their prior research.

Program Information
Deadline: September 25, 2020

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Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Open to all USC students, faculty and researchers. This is an opportunity to get your business idea in front of investors and to win seed money to get you started.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in February

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MADRES Center for Environmental Health Disparities

The NIH-funded Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors Center of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research (MADRES, madres.usc.edu) is pleased to announce its Pilot Projects Program, supporting one-year research projects that aim to address scientific gaps in our understanding of the unequal burden of adverse environmental health impacts in susceptible communities. The goal of the program is to advance environmental health disparities research while also increasing representation of members of health disparity populations in scientific and community-based research.

Program Information
Deadline: November 9, 2020 at 5:00pm PT

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Mellon-USC Awards for Excellence in Mentoring

The USC-Mellon Mentoring Awards honor individual faculty for helping build a supportive academic environment at USC through faculty-to-student and faculty-to-faculty mentoring.

Program Information

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METRANS Transportation Center

METRANS funds research that increases US economic competitiveness by improving transportation system performance in large metropolitan areas.

Program Information

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Mousetrap Fund

This program, funded in part by Kairos Ventures, gives a maximum of $100K to research-active faculty for prototype development of commercializable research.  Grants are made directly to the faculty member as internal funds, not to startup companies.  You must show evidence of customer discovery to apply.

Program Information

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National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST)

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) provides national leadership in advancing environmentally sustainable transportation through cutting-edge research, direct policy engagement, and education of our future leaders. The goal of the NCST is to produce research that directly supports the efforts of policy makers and professionals to improve the sustainability of the transportation system.

Program Information | Proposal Template
Deadline: Usually in March

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Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR)

METRANS emphasizes research directed at solving significant metropolitan transportation problems while contributing to knowledge. Their Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR) research program is organized around four themes: Technology for improved mobility, improving mobility for disadvantaged populations, improving resilience and protecting the environment, and managing mobility in high growth cities and regions.

Program Information | Proposal Template
Deadline: Usually in March

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Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI)

CTI seeks to identify and partner novel targets with the goal of identifying new compounds and accelerate drug development from validated target to proof-of-mechanism in humans.

Program Information

Pfizer’s CTI – Biotherapeutic and Small-Molecule Targets

Pfizer CTI is looking to fund early-stage large molecule projects related to the following therapeutic areas of interest: Oncology, Inflammation and Immune Disorders, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Neuroscience, and Rare Monogenic Genetic Diseases. Large molecules include antibodies, proteins, peptides, ADCs, and fusion.

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Provost’s Initiative on Arts and the Humanities

USC faculty and students working with community partners are invited to submit project proposals to the Arts in Action grants program on an annual basis.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in October

USC faculty are invited to submit proposals on an annual basis to conceive and organize events that will be presented as part of Visions and Voices’ exciting and diverse programming season.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in September

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Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)

Multidisciplinary Team Incubator

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC) are seeking applications from new teams intended to develop multi/inter/trans-disciplinary research for submission for external funding. Team membership should include both seasoned and novice researchers with expertise spanning disciplines to address the most pressing research questions in medicine, healthcare and public health. Projects focused on cancer or non-cancer research areas are both accepted.

On September 28, 2020, The SC CTSI Research Development Core will present new team building funding opportunities, including tips and strategies to apply team science principles to grant funding proposals. The presenters will provide participants with insights into submitting a successful grant application. Learn more and register here.

Program Information
Deadline: November 16, 2020

Clinical and Community Research Award

These awards are intended to support: 1. Preliminary research that will lead to larger extramurally-funded human mechanistic studies, clinical trials, community trials, health outcomes research, or implementation research. 2. Pre-existing research in the above-referenced areas by incorporating a different discipline and investigator who is new to collaboration with the current team. The award may be used to leverage data and resources from a currently funded project to expand the research in a new direction, ultimately leading to the submission of an additional grant or expansion of the current effort to a larger-scale extramurally-funded project.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in October

Improving Research Methods and Processes Grant

These awards are intended to support the development and testing of new approaches and/or tools that increase the speed, efficiency, safety and/or quality of clinical, community, health outcomes and/or implementation research.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in October

Team Building Grant

SC CTSI is also offering a Team Building Grant for up to $3,000. It will support team building activities from small research teams. This mechanism is intended to provide rapid funding for activities that promote the SC CTSI goal of assembling new multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary teams focused on clinical and community research, particularly those that are grounded in the science of team science principles.

Program Information
Deadline: Rolling

Team Building Grant Funding Renewal Guideline

Supports ongoing team building activities from small research teams. This mechanism is intended to provide follow-on support for activities that promote the SC CTSI goal of assembling new multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary teams focused on clinical and community research, particularly those that are grounded in the science of team science principles.

Program Information
Deadline: Rolling

Safety Net Innovation Award

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) are partnering to develop and test interventions to enhance quality, efficiency and patient-centeredness of care provided by the LAC DHS – up to $75,000. This solicitation requests letters of intent that describe ideas for such programs from which formal applications for funding will be selected.

Program Information Deadline: January 11th, 2021

Voucher Program

SC CTSI is also offering vouchers of up to $3,000 for generation of new data for clinical and/or community research projects. Vouchers may be used to purchase services or access core resources – for example, coordinator support, biostatistics help, research cores at USC and CHLA, and lab measurements – for the purpose of adding new data collection to an existing project or collecting data de novo.

Program Information
Deadline: Rolling

Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science Program

The SC CTSI at USC and CHLA is offering a Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science (MCD-CTS) Award. This is a three year program supporting careers in research development in clinical and translational research. See program information below or more details.

Program Information

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Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center

The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) offers a program for Environmental Health Research Pilot Project Grants. The SCEHSC awards one-year pilot projects (up to $50,000) that aim to promote the understanding of environmental exposures and human disease. The goal of the program is to provide investigators with an opportunity to collect preliminary data and/or validate the utility of specific methods or techniques to establish the feasibility of larger-scale research projects and ultimately seek external, especially NIEHS funding.
Eligible applicants include full-time faculty or postdoctoral researchers with a faculty sponsor. Junior investigators are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Vivian Lee at viv.lee@usc.edu.

Program Information
Deadline: Letters of Intent & Specific Aims due January 25, 2021 at 5:00pm PT

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Southern California Research Center for ALPD & Cirrhosis

The USC Southern California Research Center for ALPD & Cirrhosis funds approximately four pilot projects each year. Awards of approximately $20,000 are available to support junior faculty with an existing research interest in the Center’s theme; junior faculty with an interest in basic or translational research; or for investigators interested in transitioning to alcohol or cirrhosis research.

Pilot Project Funding

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Undergraduate Research Associates Program

Supports faculty engaging in collaborative research with undergraduate students. Awards up to $10,000 for multiple student stipends to participate in scholarly research with faculty investigators.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in February

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USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center

The ADRC invites clinical and basic science investigators to submit letters of intent for 12 month pilot projects.

The ADRC focuses on mild cognitive changes related to Alzheimer, cerebrovascular disease, and their interactions in diverse communities. We seek new basic, clinical and psychosocial approaches to the pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of early cognitive impairment in humans and animal models. We encourage the development of new approaches to intervention and translational research from preclinical to early phase trials.

Proposal Information

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USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Research Applications

The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate is pleased to announce the availability of research awards. The awards are for the purpose of facilitating high-quality research that will eventually be published in the leading scientific journals. The broad topics should be related to real estate and urban issues.

The Lusk Center is especially interested in proposals that focus on housing and real estate finance, non-residential real estate, urban entrepreneurship, urban poverty and segregation, neighborhood change, and local taxes and housing regulation. Studies can focus on the U.S. or any other country. Faculty members, Postdoctoral researchers and PhD students at USC are eligible to apply.

Proposal Information
Deadline: Usually in May

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Viterbi Internal Center Incubator

Starting in the 2014/15 academic year, under the recommendation of the Viterbi Research Committee, the Research Innovation Fund (RIF) was transitioned to the Viterbi Internal Center Incubator (VICI). The VICI aims to empower and facilitate cohesion and development of areas through leadership, enhance research strength and national and international recognition, sustain momentum, and enable focus and growth in strategic research areas.

Program InformationDeadline: Spring and Fall of each year

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Women in Science and Engineering

This competitive program offers awards of up to $25,000 and is aimed at offsetting subtle biases, barriers, and career interruptions that have been shown to hinder the advancement of women faculty in science and engineering at research universities.

Program Information
Deadline: Usually in January

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Wright Foundation Research Awards

The Keck School of Medicine announces the Robert E. and May R. Wright Foundation Award to promote faculty research in three general areas: arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. Proposals that initiate a new research program or direction and those that are interdisciplinary or have translational potential are highly encouraged. Awards range from $50,000 to $100,000.

Program Information: Contact Julie Carl at the Keck School of Medicine
Email: JCarl@med.usc.edu

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