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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 Initiatives and Facilities at orif@usc.edu or (213) 740-6709.

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application through the Office of Research Initiatives & Facilities (ORIF) Application Portal: https://research.usc.edu/usc-grants/. PIs must create their own SurveyMonkey account in order to proceed with submission. Any limited submission that is not Camille Dreyfus, NSF-MRI, or the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Inventor Fellows can select the ‘Limited Submission’ up top to submit.

Materials to submit – unless otherwise noted in the Office of Research Initiatives & Facilities (ORIF) write-ups below – include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)

This portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.

If you are interested in renewing an existing limited submission grant, please contact us as soon as possible by writing to Office of Research Initiatives and Facilities at orif@usc.edu.

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-19-072: Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: June 30, 2021
External Deadline: October 14, 2021

PAR-20-220: NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Friday, July 16, 2021, 5pm PT
LOI: 30 days prior to application due date
External Deadline: October 14, 2021

PAR-20-240: NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Friday, July 9, 2021, 5pm PT
LOI: 30 days prior to application due date
External Deadline: September 27, 2021

RFA-TW-21-004: Launching Future Leaders in Global Health (LAUNCH) Research Training Program (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021, 5pm PT
LOI: July 20, 2021
External Deadline: August 20, 2021

RFA-RM-21-018: NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: June 4, 2021, 5pm PT
LOI: August 3, 2021
External Deadline: September 4, 2021

PAR-20-153: NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
Internal Deadline: Slots have been granted for this award.
LOI: 30 days prior to application due date
External Deadline: July 13, 2021

RFA-AI-20-030: Centers for HIV Structural Biology
Internal Deadline: June 18, 2021, 5pm PT
External Deadline: October 13, 2021

RFA-MD-21-008: NIMHD Multiple Chronic Disease Disparities Research Coordinating Center (RCC) (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested; first-come, first-served due to time constraint.
LOI: May 11, 2021
External Deadline: June 11, 2021

RFA-MD-21-007: Centers for Multiple Chronic Diseases Associated with Health Disparities: Prevention, Treatment, and Management (P50 Clinical Trial Required)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested; first-come, first-served due to time constraint.
LOI: May 8, 2021
External Deadline: June 10, 2021

PAR-21-198: Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
External Deadline: September 28, 2021

RFA-DK-20-034: Program to Advance the Career Development of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds Conducting Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes, and Related Research (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: May 17, 2021
External Deadline: June 17, 2021

RFA-AI-20-080: Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) Coordinating Center (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: May 4, 2021
External Deadline: June 4, 2021

RFA-AI-20-079: Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC) (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: May 4, 2021
External Deadline: June 4, 2021

RFA-TR-21-009: Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: May 10, 2021
External Deadline: June 10, 2021

RFA-TR-21-001: New Chemistries for Un-drugged Targets through A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE) Collaborative Research Program (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: June 8, 2021
External Deadline: July 8, 2021, 5pm local time

National Science Foundation (NSF):

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

NSF-20-569: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
Internal Deadline: July 16, 2021, 5pm PT
LOI: October 4, 2021
External Deadline: January 25, 2022

NSF-19-506: Partnerships for Innovation: PFI-RP Track
Internal Deadline: Slot has been granted for the RP track.
External Deadline: July 14, 2021

NSF 20-554: ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: Adaptation and Partnership only: August 2, 2021
Preliminary Proposal: IT-Preliminary only: Four Thursday in April; IT-preliminary proposals are accepted before and after the target date.
External Deadline: Adaptation and Partnership: November 3, 2021; IT-Preliminary: October 7, 2021; Catalyst: August 6, 2021

NSF-21-569: Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: April 16, 2021 (for STEM-REC solicitations only)
External Deadline: June 16, 2021, 5pm PT

NSF-21-555: Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support (ACCESS)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
External Deadline: June 16, 2021, 5pm PT

NSF-21-556: Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services & Support – Coordination Office (ACCESS-ACO)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
External Deadline: June 16, 2021, 5pm PT

NSF-21-553: Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QuIC-TAQS)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
External Deadline: June 14, 2021

NSF-20-509: Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – Multiple Initiatives
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
Alliances Deadline: November 19, 2021
Conference Deadline: June 1, 2021 (or rolling)

NSF 20-554: ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: See call for more information.
External Deadline: See call for more information.

Foundations & Others:

Simons Foundation – Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Astrophysics, and Computer Sciences 2021
Internal Deadline: July 30, 2021, noon PT
External Deadline: October 20, 2021

NEA American Rescue Plan – Grants to Organizations
Internal Deadline: Monday, July 12, 2021, noon PT
Grants.gov Deadline: August 12, 2021
External Deadline: September 2, 2021

Searle Scholars Program 2021
Internal Deadline: Friday, July 16, 2021, noon PT
External Deadline: September 30, 2021

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program 2022
Internal Deadline: Friday, October 24, 2021, noon PT
External Deadline: February 2, 2022

2021 AWS Imagine Grant
Internal Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021, noon PT
Round One Deadline: June 30, 2021, 11:59pm EST

DE-FOA-0002501: Data Reduction for Science
Internal Deadline: Slots have been granted for this call.
Pre-Application: May 6, 2021, 5pm ET
External Deadline: June 4, 2021, 11:59pm ET

NEA Grants for Arts 2022
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: July 8, 2021, 11:59pm ET (Grants.gov)
External Deadline: July 20, 2021, 11:59pm ET (Application portal)

DE-FOA-0002483: Critical Minerals & Materials: Chemical and Materials Science Research on Rare Earth and Platinum Group Elements
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: April 12, 2021, 5pm ET
External Deadline: June 9, 2021, 11:59pm ET

Brain Research Foundation 2022 Scientific Innovations Award
Internal Deadline: Slots have been granted for this call.
LOI: June 24, 2021, 4pm CST
External Deadline: October 5, 2021, 4pm CST

Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research
Internal Deadline: Contact Norris Cancer Center if interested.
LOI: May 17, 2021, 5pm ET
External Deadline: September 9, 2021

Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
External Deadline: July 23, 2021

DE-FOA-0002453 – Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: April 29, 2021, 5pm ET
External Deadline: June 30 2021, 5pm ET

Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation: Mallinckrodt Grants
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
External Deadline: August 1, 2021

NEH 2021 Summer Stipends
Internal Deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021, 5pm PT
External Deadline: September 22, 2021

Takeda Innovators in Science Award in Gastroenterology
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
External Deadline: June 3, 2021

2022 Pew Biomedical Scholars
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
LOI: May 17, 2021
External Deadline: September 1, 2021