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Research

Institutionally Limited External Competitions

These are competitions for awards by outside agencies for which USC can nominate a limited number of candidates. Applications for any of the awards listed here must go through an internal review process and receive approval from the USC administration prior to submission to the sponsoring agency. Moreover, internal USC application deadlines are typically at least one to two months in advance of the sponsoring agency’s own deadlines, given the time required for the internal review process.

Faculty should indicate their interest in being considered for a given competition prior to the internal selection process being initiated and their research dean at least two months in advance of the sponsor’s deadline.

Investigators interested in applying for any of the awards should contact the Office of Research at vprsch@usc.edu or (213) 740-6709.

For a list of recurring institutionally limited competitions, please click here.

Advance to: National Science Foundation (NSF) || Foundations & Others

National Institutes of Health (NIH):

PAR-20-086: Biomedical Research Facilities (C06 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI:February 14, 2020
External Deadline: March 17, 2020, 5pm PT

RFA-DK-19-023: Type 1 Diabetes in Acute Pancreatitis Consortium – Data Coordinating Center (T1DAPC-DCC) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: March 13, 2020, noon PT

RFA-DK-19-022: Type 1 Diabetes in Acute Pancreatitis Consortium – Clinical Centers (T1DAPC-CCs) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: March 13, 2020, noon PT

PAR-20-076: Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: May 26, 2020, noon PT

PAR-20-066: Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (R25 – Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: February 21, 2020, noon PT

RFA-AI-19-068: Immune Tolerance Network (UM1 Clinical Trial Required)
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
LOI: February 3, 2020
External Deadline: March 3, 2020

RFA-NS-20-015: NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE) (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: January 19, 2020
External Deadline: February 19, 2020

RFA-HL-18-023: Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: February 13, 2020 for non-AIDS applications; May 12, 2020 for AIDS applications

RFA-DK-17-018: Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested
LOI: 30 days prior to the application due date
External Deadline: February 21, 2020

PAR-19-037: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested
External Deadline: January 28, 2020

PAR-19-219: Maximizing Access to Research Careers (T34)
Internal Deadline: March 2, 2020
External Deadline: May 21, 2020

PAR-17-340: Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: 30 days prior to application due date
External Deadline: January 25, 2020, 5pm PT

PAR-19-072: Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: April 3, 2020
LOI: June 30, 2020
External Deadline: July 31, 2020, 5pm PT

National Science Foundation (NSF):

NSF maintains a catalog of upcoming solicitations and grant programs that are institutionally limited competitions at its website.

NSF-20-530: Competition for the Management of Operations and Maintenance of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: February 21, 2020
External Deadline: June 19, 2020

NSF-20-526: NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Internal Deadline: Contact your School’s Research Dean if interested.
External Deadline: March 25, 2020

NSF-20-516: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI Window: December 20, 2019
External Deadline: February 14, 2020

NSF-19-609: Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: N/A
External Deadline: February 24, 2020

NSF-19-605: Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: December 19, 2019
External Deadline: May 6, 2020, 5pm PT

NSF-19-522: National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI Window: November 25, 2019 – December 6, 2019
External Deadline: February 6, 2020 5pm PT

NSF-17-579: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Multiple Programs
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: Implementation-Only Alliances: November 15, 2019
Pre-Alliance Planning: November 15, 2019
Regional Centers of Excellence (LSRCE): January 31, 2020

NSF-18-513: Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 1 thru January 22, 2020

NSF-19-578: Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 30, 2020

NSF-19-567: Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 27, 2020

NSF-19-552: ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: Depends on chosen track within grant. Click link for more details.


Foundations & Others:

The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal Deadline: February 14, 2020
LOI: March 16, 2020
External Deadline: April 20, 2020

NEA Research Labs
Internal Deadline: February 7, 2020
LOI: March 30, 2020
External Deadline: April 2 thru 9, 2020

CLIR Recordings at Risk
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: January 31, 2020

St. Baldrick’s Scholar Award
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
LOI: January 31, 2020, 5pm EST
External Deadline: March 27, 2020, 5pm EST

NEA Grants for Arts: Dance
Internal Deadline: Kaufman to coordinate nomination.
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

NEA Grants for Arts: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

NEA Grants for Arts: Music
Internal Deadline: Thornton to coordinate nomination.
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

NEA Grants for Arts: Local Arts Agencies
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

NEA Grants for Arts: Museums
Internal Deadline: Museum to coordinate own nomination.
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

NEA Grants for Arts: Literary Arts
Internal Deadline: Dornsife to coordinate nomination.
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

NEA Grants for Arts – Theater
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

NEA Grants for Arts – Media Arts
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: February 6, 2020

Brain Research Foundation 2020 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: January 7, 2020, 4pm CST
External Deadline: March 25, 2020, 4pm CST

AASLD NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship
Internal Deadline: Keck School of Medicine will coordinate.
External Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: September 23, 2019
External Deadline: January 9, 2020