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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):

RFA-TR-18-005: Microphysiological Systems Data Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: January 29, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: February 21, 2018
External Deadline: March 21, 2018, 5pm local time

RFA-TW-18-001: African Association for Health Professions Education and Research (R25 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: January 29, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: February 28, 2018
External Deadline: March 28, 2018, 5pm local time

RFA-DK-17-017: Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: 30 days prior to the application due date
External Deadline: March 20, 2018

RFA-DK-17-018: Ancillary Studies to the NIDDK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Genetics Consortium (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: 30 days prior to the application due date
External Deadline: March 20, 2018

PAR-17-096: Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32)
Internal Deadline: February 23, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: 30 days prior to the application due date
External Deadline: May 25, 2018

PAR-17-068: Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate – Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) (T34)
Internal Deadline: February 23, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: May 24, 2018

PAR-17-221: Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)
Internal Deadline: March 30, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: April 24, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: May 24, 2018, 5pm PDT

PAR-16-108: Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education(R25)
Internal Deadline: March 16 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: April 30, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: May 31, 2018, 5pm PDT

PAR-16-361: Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)(R25)
Internal Deadline: March 23 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: May 25, 2018, 5pm PDT

RFA-DP-18-001 Etiology and Outcome of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: January 10, 2018
External Deadline: February 9, 2018

PAR-17-159: Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01)
Internal Deadline: January 19, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: March 19, 2018, 5pm PDT

RFA-ES-18-003: Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: January 26, 2018
External Deadline: April 17, 2018

PAR-17-340: Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 25, 2018, 5pm PDT

PAR-17-053: Research Education: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (R25)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT

PAR-17-339: NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)
Internal Deadline: January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: July 9, 2018, 5pm PDT

National Science Foundation (NSF):

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

NSF-18-529: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) – NSF INCLUDES Alliances Proposals Only
Internal Deadline: January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: April 4, 2018

NSF 15-528: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
Internal Deadline: January 18, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: February 15, 2018

NSF-18-518: American National Election Studies Competition (ANES)
Internal Deadline: January 12, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: February 21, 2018
External Deadline: April 20, 2018

NSF-18-511: Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: February 1, 2018

NSF-18-507: National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: November 27, 2017 – December 6, 2017
External Deadline: February 6, 2018

NSF-18-513 – Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) (replaces NSF-15-504)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: Submission Window: January 29, 2018 – February 05, 2018

NSF-17-592: Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: November 20, 2017, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: April 6, 2018, 5pm PDT

NSF-17-579: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Alliances
Internal Deadline:
Alliances: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
STEM Pathways & Research Alliances: October 20, 2017, 5pm PDT (within ‘Alliances’ category)
External Deadline:
Alliances: November 17, 2017, 5pm PDT
STEM Pathways & Research Alliances: January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT (within ‘Alliances’ category)

NSF-17-579: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT

NSF-17-581: CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: November 2, 2017, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: January 11, 2018, 5pm PDT


Foundations & Others:

The Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars
Internal Deadline: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: N/A
External Deadline: March 30, 2018

The David & Lucille Packard Foundation – 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal Deadline: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: March 15, 2018
External Deadline: April 20, 2018

The Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah H. Swift Foundation
Internal Deadline: February 9, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: March 31, 2018

Vascular Cures’ Wylie Scholar Program
Internal Deadline: January 19, 2018, 5pm PDT
External Deadline: March 2, 2018

CHALLENGE AMERICA (National Endowment for the Arts)
Internal Deadline: January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT
LOI: April 12, 2018: The SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) is due through Grants.gov.
External Deadline: April 17 – 24, 2018

DE-FOA-0001810, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Centers
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
Pre-Application: January 31, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time
External Deadline: April 11, 2018 at 11:59 P.M Eastern Time

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation – Macy Faculty Scholars
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: February 14, 2018

Research to Prevent Blindness – RPB Walt and Lilly Disney Award for Amblyopia Research
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: Nomination form due December 15, 2017
External Deadline: January 10, 2018

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation – The Moore Inventor Fellows
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: February 12, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. PT
External Deadline: March 5, 2018 5:00 p.m. PT

ASHP Foundation – Award for Excellence in Medication Safety
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: January 5, 2018
External Deadline: March 22, 2018

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: December 8, 2017
External Deadline: January 19, 2018. 11:59pm EST

Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: January 8, 2018, 4pm CST
External Deadline: March 28, 2018, 4pm CST

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program 2018
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: Nomination letter included.
External Deadline: February 8, 2018

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: November 1, 2017
External Deadline: January 15, 2018, 5pm PDT

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation Grants
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: Concept Application due January 1, 2018
External Deadline: March 1, 2018