University of Southern California


The Cardinal & Gold Curriculum

As the University of Southern California has grown to become one of the world’s leading private research universities, so too has the need to provide training and support to those involved in the field of research administration.

The Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG) is responsible for assessing and addressing the training needs of all USC employees who work in contract and grant development. We are committed to providing the knowledge, tools, and guidance necessary for the USC research community to successfully carry out their sponsor endeavors.

What is The Cardinal & Gold Curriculum?

The C&G (Cardinal and Gold) Curriculum is a comprehensive online training program developed to meet the needs of today’s evolving research environment. Our training program allows participants to:

Instructional courses have been designed to foster an interactive learning environment while embracing new technologies and processes. Moreover, the certification program ensures a standard level of expertise among those who support the research endeavor at USC.

Who Can Benefit from the C&G Curriculum?

C&G Curriculum is a valuable resource for administrative or other support staff working at a program, department or dean’s office level. All university employees whose responsibilities bring them in contact with any aspect of contracts and grants will benefit from attendance.

C&G Curriculum Description

The C&G Curriculum consists of four core courses and eight optional courses offered through Trojan LearnUSC’s new university-wide online learning and development platform. Participants may enroll in as many courses as they choose. Each course lasts from one to three hours and makes use of real life scenarios, case studies, course discussion and review exams.

It is not necessary to complete the classes in any particular order, however, we recommend that all students take Fundamentals of Research Administration to learn the basic terms and definitions associated with research administration. The program is not mandatory, however, it is highly recommended to those involved in the academic research community.

List of Courses

Please Note: Once you complete the two core courses “The Fundamentals of Research Administration” & “And the Award Goes To…”, you will have satisfied the requirements for the Grants Management Training for Staff program. These two courses are present in both the C&G Curriculum and the Grants Management Training for Staff program such that completion of either course in one program applies completion to the other.

How Do I Sign Up for the Curriculum?

Signing up for the C&G Curriculum is simple:

  1. Point your browser to the Trojan Learn portal and log in using your USC ID.
  2. In the search bar on the upper-right portion of the screen enter “C&G Curriculum” and click search.
  3. The C&G Curriculum will show up in your search results along with a button next to it that says “Request Training”.
  4. Click the “Request Training” button and the C&G Curriculum will automatically be added to your My Transcript module.

From your My Transcript module, you can launch the C&G Curriculum and take the offered courses.

Earn a Certification

Participants who wish to earn a Certificate in Research Administration will be required to take a total of six courses: four core courses and any two optional courses. Certificates are sent out at the end of every month to students who have completed the program.

Contact Information

For Technical Assistance
Contact: Trojan Learn Help Desk
Phone: (213) 740-8648

For Program Assistance
Contact: Noah Congelliere
Phone: (213) 740-7392

Research Calendar

Submit an Event

How to submit your event

See all events in the USC Research Calendar.