University of Southern California



USC is among the most innovative universities in the world.  We are #8 among all universities worldwide in Reuters‘ ranking, and #24 among all research institutions (including non-university institutions such as the National Institutes of Health) according to Nature Index.   USC’s research benefits society through innovations in health, the environment, security and energy. We also create interactive media, virtual reality and visualization technologies that are being used in movies, television and gaming. The resources below are available to USC innovators and to those who wish to work with USC innovators. Also, visit our featured innovations page.

Innovation Resources for Faculty 6/19

Commercialization of Technology at USC 3/17

Intellectual Property Guidance for Students 1/18

Bayh Dole Invention Obligations for Federally Funded Projects 9/18

Guide to software distribution and open source software 5/18

USC Stevens Center for Innovation

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is a university-wide resource for innovation, connecting our research with the businesses that commercialize inventions. It is also USC’s intellectual property and technology licensing office, preparing faculty and students to transfer research into practical applications, and helping to create business strategies that build success.


INCUBATE USC is our portal to all resources supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, including degree programs, courses, student groups, competitions and grants for technology transfer.

Spark SC- Student Innovation at USC

Inspiring a culture of innovation, exposing students to hands-on experiences, supporting current innovators with mentorship and connecting student innovators.

Innovation Resources for Inventors

Research Commercialization and SBIR Center (workshops on tech transfer and commercialization for faculty)

Training videos on intellectual property protection

Intellectual Property Policy

USC’s Intellectual Property Policy encourages open dissemination of ideas, and recognizes and rewards faculty, staff and student inventors and authors. The policy confirms the University’s ownership rights under law, but also recognizes exceptions that preserve the academic tradition of faculty ownership of certain scholarly works.

The Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering

The Alfred E. Mann Institute at the University of Southern California is a non-profit organization that supports research, development and commercialization of biomedical devices and other technologies. The Institute provides philanthropic support for biomedical device development that can significantly impact healthcare. It is a development center devoted to accelerating the commercialization of biomedical devices by nurturing promising biomedical technologies.

Annenberg Innovation Lab

AIL fosters real-world innovation at the dynamic intersection of media and culture emphasizing research on the ongoing evolution of media and its impact on governments, businesses, education, creators and consumers.

CHLA Center for Innovation

The Center for Innovation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) provides technology transfer services and facilitates industry collaborations for USC faculty that are based at CHLA as well as CHLA staff. The Center for Innovation @ CHLA helps industry partners engage with CHLA-based clinicians, administrators and researchers for the purpose of generating, testing, and commercializing new products and services that are sought by the marketplace. The Center for Innovation @ CHLA is also home to the Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) which helps innovators overcome specific commercialization challenges for pediatric medical devices, including support in the areas of manufacturing processes, intellectual property, regulatory oversight, clinical trial design and commercialization partnerships.

Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program

The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program supports and funds projects that develop technologies to solve an unmet or underserved clinical need. The USC Coulter Program supports project teams that are interdisciplinary in nature and include faculty members from the Biomedical Engineering Department and clinical faculty from the Keck School of Medicine.

Gould School of Law Clinics

The Gould School offers clinics on intellectual property and small business to represent entrepreneurs, non profit organizations and policy makers.

Los Angeles I-Corps Node

Innovation Node-LA is a collaboration among USC, UCLA, and Caltech that teaches entrepreneurial scientists and engineers the skills needed to bring proprietary technology to market. IN-LA provides programs in the Lean Startup methodology developed by the National Science Foundation I-Corps program, focusing on hypothesis-driven business models and broad customer discovery.

Marshall Technology Commercialization Initiative

The Marshall Technology Commercialization Initiative provides support for entrepreneurship at USC through research and education.

Ming Hsieh Institute for Research on Engineering Medicine for Cancer

The Institute supports projects that involve medical doctors and engineers or scientists that create nano-medicine diagnostics or therapies for cancer. The program emphasizes work that will rapidly move into clinical tests and application.

Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)

USC is working to translate its discoveries in medical research into clinical practice, through the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Innovation Resources for Students

Blackstone LaunchPad powered by TechStars

Blackstone Launchpad pairs students with consultants to help the develop their business ideas. As their ideas mature, students are connected to venture coaches to help them bring their ideas to market.

USC Viterbi Student Innovation Institute

VSi2 is a crucible for innovation for Viterbi students, who learn how to turn their ideas or research into successful business ventures, including educational programs, new venture creation support and networking opportunities.

Education Programs in Innovation for Enrolled Students:

Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Greif Center offers interdisciplinary minors and a certificate in entrepreneurship for undergraduates, as well as an entrepreneurship concentration for MBA students, a master of science in entrepreneurship and innovation and a graduate certificate in technology commercialization.

Health, Technology and Engineering

Health, Technology and Engineering (HTE@USC) augments the training of select doctors and engineers through project-focused collaboration resulting in the most effective and efficient solutions to real-world healthcare problems.

Iovine and Young Academy

The Academy is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that bridges art and design, engineering and computer science and business and venture management, educating students in disruptive innovation.