President’s Sustainability Research Award

The USC Research and Innovation (R&I) is happy to announce a Request for Proposals for a new USC award program – the President’s Sustainability Research Award (PSRA).

BACKGROUND: Integrating sustainability as a core value in USC’s strategic planning is a critically important institutional commitment. In addition to implementing impactful sustainability initiatives across USC’s campuses, great opportunities exist to expand and enhance USC’s research strengths and capabilities in sustainability.

OPPORTUNITY: The President’s Sustainability Research Award will provide seed funding to enable researchers to submit highly competitive applications for federal funding, including large center and related programs, early career awards, and individual research projects. The goal of using these funds is to maximize the probability of obtaining federal research support for the proposed effort. This is a one-time solicitation. While this program may be repeated, currently there are no plans to do so.

AWARD TYPE: There are two types of awards under this program:

  • Large Research Awards: $1,000,000 in funding is available to fund between 2-3 awards.
  • Small Research Awards: $250,000 in funding is available to fund between 5-7 awards.

DEADLINE: 5 pm, Monday, January 16, 2023 (PST)

Please visit the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) grants portal for more information and access to the RFP:

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