University of Southern California


NSF Day at USC

Big news! The USC DC Research Advancement Office in the Office of the Vice President of Research has worked in bringing together USC and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a one-day workshop on Thursday, April 12, 2012. NSF conducts this activity with premier universities around the country; thus, it is an honor that USC has been selected, and highlights our important contributions to high-quality basic science research & engineering.

This exciting workshop is primarily designed for researchers and educators less experienced in proposing to the NSF; however, more experienced proposers and NSF grantees may well find the workshop useful and informative. It is our hope that events such as this will stimulate new interest in NSF programs at institutions that have not been among the traditional customers, as well as at premier research institutions. We want to extend an invitation to you and to anyone else (graduate students, postdocs, etc) who would like to attend this workshop and learn more about the NSF and its programs.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. It will cover the NSF proposal and merit review process and NSF programs that cut across disciplines. Additionally, representatives from the seven NSF directorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering and the Office of Integrative Activities will make presentations on their programs and will also be available informally and in breakout sessions for discussions of potential research proposals.

The workshop will be held at the Davidson Conference Center on the USC University Park campus, where Randy Hall, the Vice President of Research will welcome the group. There is a registration fee of $35 for this workshop. After March 31st, the fee will increase to $50. You can register at this link on the NSF website.

Date of Event

  • Thursday, April 12, 2012
  • Time of Event

  • 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Location of Event

  • Davidson Conference Center
  • Workshop Contacts

    Contact Natasha Walker ( if you have any questions about logistics, and Jim Murday ( if you have questions about the content.