University of Southern California

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-20-066: 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-NS-20-015: NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE) (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Thursday, December 19, 2020, noon PT
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-20-516: 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-17-527: 2019 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-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-19-586: Critical-Zone Collaborative Network
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: December 2, 2019

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:

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 – Theater
Internal Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: February 13, 2020

Graves Awards in the Humanities
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested
External Deadline: December 16, 2019

2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Internal Deadline: December 6, 2019, noon PT
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

HRSA-20-085 – State Offices of Rural Health Coordination and Development Program (SORHCDP)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: December 20, 2019

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: 2020 Moore Inventor Fellows
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: November 15, 2019, 5pm PT
External Deadline: December 13, 2019, 5pm PT

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