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.

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://research.usc.edu/usc-grants/. 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 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)

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-ES-21-001: Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Schools can coordinate their own deadlines for this competition.
LOI: January 26, 2021
External Deadline: February 26, 2021

RFA-DK-20-030: Understanding the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Gastroparesis in Adults and Children (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Monday, December 14, 2020, 5pm PT
LOI: February 3, 2021
External Deadline: March 3, 2021

RFA-AI-20-064: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Study Vaccine-elicited Immunity and Efficacy against Malaria (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: 30 days prior to the application due date
External Deadline: February 8, 2021

RFA-AG-21-027: MD-PhD Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease and Its Related Dementias and the Behavioral and Social Sciences (T32)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: January 3, 2021
External Deadline: February 3, 2021

RFA-ES-20-014: Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: January 15, 2021
External Deadline: February 15, 2021

PAR-20-297: NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® (U19)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested by noon, Friday, September 11, 2020.
LOI: November 2, 2020
External Deadline: January 12, 2021

PAR-19-072: Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: December 18, 2020
External Deadline: January 19, 2021

PAR-19-037: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 28, 2021

PAR-20-103: Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 – Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: December 27, 2020
External Deadline: January 27, 2021

RFA-DK-20-003: Liver Cirrhosis Network: Clinical Research Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Required)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: November 1, 2020
External Deadline: December 1, 2020

RFA-DK-20-004: Liver Cirrhosis Network: Scientific and Data Coordination Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: November 1, 2020
External Deadline: December 1, 2020

PAR-20-240: NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 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, 2021

RFA-AI-20-035: Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: November 6, 2020
External Deadline: December 7, 2020, 5pm PT

RFA-AI-20-036: Martin Delaney Collaboratory for Pediatric HIV Cure Research (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: November 6, 2020
External Deadline: December 7, 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-19-506: Partnerships for Innovation: PFI-RP Track
Internal Deadline: December 14, 2020, 5pm PT
External Deadline: January 13, 2021

NSF-18-513: Major Research Instrumentation Program
Internal Deadline: Track 2 slot still open. Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 19, 2021

NSF-20-606: Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: December 3, 2021

NSF-19-522: National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: February 6, 2021

NSF-20-604: National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: December 4, 2020

NSF-20-569: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: October 5, 2020
External Deadline: January 26, 2021

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

 

Foundations & Others:

DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement
Internal Deadline: Friday, January 8 2021, 5pm PT
External Deadline: March 5, 2021

RFA-GH-21-004: Conducting Research to Inform Pandemic Response and Recovery of Emergency-Affected Populations by Determining Public Health Needs, Improving Methods, and Integrating Services to Mitigate Morbidity and Mortality
Internal Deadline: Friday, December 11, 2020, 5pm PT
LOI: January 18, 2021, noon PT
External Deadline: February 18, 2021

Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health: Systems Enabler & Surge Capacity Grants
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: December 4, 2020 (see more in link)

Lever for Change – Equality Can’t Wait Challenge
Internal Deadline: December 11, 2020, noon PT
External Deadline: February 25, 2021

NIFA Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program (WAMS)
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 21, 2021

2021 Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: January 5, 2021, noon PT
External Deadline: March 30, 2021, 4pm CST

The Gordon & Betty Moore Inventor Fellows
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
LOI: November 16th, 2020, 5pm PT
External Deadline: December 14, 2020, 5pm PT

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Internal Deadline: First-come, first-served.
LOI: September 21, 2020, 11:59pm E.T.
External Deadline: January 11, 2021 (invite-only), 11:59pm ET (8:59pm PT)

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program 2021
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: February 4, 2021

CLIR Recordings At Risk
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: January 29, 2021