University of Southern California


Research Awards, Guides, 100&Change and Elsevier CEO Visit


Here are some updates on Office of Research activities:

Internal Awards to Faculty: Here is a list of faculty led projects funded by the Office of Research with provost support through peer review. I congratulate the grantees, who come from 15 USC schools, who were funded by the Collaboration, Instrumentation, Ming Hsieh, Rose Hills, and Zumberge programs. Please consult USC Research Awards for a full list of internal opportunities. Also, please see list of anticipated deadlines for Office of Research solicitations in the coming year.

New Research Software: We have obtained provost support for NVIVO and Atlas.ti site licenses for qualitative data analysis. These will be executed in July, with software becoming available (at no charge to USC faculty, staff and students) later that month. The license process will be administered by ITS. NVIVO and Atlas.ti were identified as the most desired research software in a faculty survey.

Elsevier CEO Visit: Ron Mobed, CEO for Elsevier, will be visiting USC along with his leadership team on June 23. Please attend the presentation on “Future of Academic Research and the Future of Health Practice” at 9:45 in the Broad Auditorium on the Health Science Campus.

Training: As a reminder, information on mandatory and optional research training can be found on USC’s training finder. In addition, for new faculty, please consider attending the Navigating the University retreat on August 19 at Descanso Gardens. The Center for Excellence in Research has 17 more events scheduled for the fall, providing guidance on building research programs for faculty at all levels.

Guides to Research Funding: Jim Murday in the DC Research Advancement Office has prepared guides to research funding for most federal agencies. Please consult these guides for the latest information on funding directions, by agency. In addition, take advantage of USC’s Grant Forward site to search for funding opportunities across all external sponsor types.

Reminder on Institutionally Limited Competitions: All proposals submitted to sponsors that have an institutional limit (e.g., no more than one or two USC proposals will be accepted) require advance approval from the Office of Research, ideally at least two months in advance of the sponsor due date. When multiple faculty wish to apply for the same limited opportunity, internal selection is completed through peer review. Consult the institutionally limited external competitions website for information on active internal reviews.

Macarthur100&Change: This new program will make one $100 million award to “solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. … Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.” Those needing seed funding toward a 100&Change proposal may apply to the small Zumberge Interdisciplinary program. This is your chance to pursue Wicked Problems in a big way. Please send in your Zumberge application no later than July 15. These will be reviewed competitively.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: If you lead a program on innovation and entrepreneurship, let me know, and you will be included in our bi-monthly meetings. Our discussions include faculty, staff and student representatives from across the university, for programs that deliver services, training, mentoring and degrees. Looking for resources on innovation? Consult:

Wishing you a productive summer.

Randolph Hall
Vice President, Research