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ONLINE TRAINING, COURSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Mandatory Training for Funded Investigators

All investigators funded by an externally sponsored project must complete grants management training, as explained here.

Research Training Finder

A search tool has been developed for USC faculty, PIs, postdocs, students, research staff and lab technicians. This tool is a comprehensive matrix for training courses that are required and suggested for University research compliance.

Center for Excellence in Research (CER) Workshops and Training

CER organizes a series of workshops for university researchers. These courses are designed to provide researchers across all fields of study with specialized skills and knowledge in seeking funding from government, foundation, and corporate organizations as well as a variety of other topics.

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A full calendar of events are listed below, or you can download the CER Fall 2018 Calendar.

FALL 2018 WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES AVAILABLE

Course Registration

To register, please RSVP at least a few days prior to the class via email, indicating the course(s) you are attending, to usccer@usc.edu. For information about workshops, contact the office at 213-740-6709.

September

October

November

FALL 2018 WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES DESCRIPTIONS

September

Developing NIH Grant ApplicationsPowerPoint
Steven Moldin, Executive Director, Research Advancement, Washington D.C.
Course is designed to educate new and established USC investigators in the complete process of conceptualizing a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposal, structuring the application, submitting it for peer review, and working with Institute staff to get the application funded.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
September 5, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

Writing Compelling NSF ProposalsPowerPoint
Paul Ronney, Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Learn about the proposal writing and reviewing processes, emphasizing techniques for writing compelling proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other science-oriented funding agencies. There will also be discussion of the social dynamics of the panel review process and how to position your proposals to maximize their chances of being funded.
Target Audience: Junior faculty & postdocs
September 12, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

How to be a Successful Mentee and Mentor – PowerPoint 1, PP2, PP3PP4 and Doc5
Christopher J. Russell, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Learn how to maximize mentor-mentee relationships through a personal assessment of your current and anticipated future mentorship needs, a panel discussion from successful mentor-mentee pairings about best practices, and a talk about challenging mentoring case scenarios.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
September 14, 2018 | 11 – 1 PM | CHLA John Stauffer A+B

Obtaining Funding from Foundations and the USC ProcessPowerPoint
Hossein Pourmand, Senior Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
This workshop focuses on developing a relationship with foundations for funding and support of research. Learn about the USC process and resources.
Target Audience: Junior faculty & postdocs
September 21, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

From Bench to Clinical Applications: Taking a Step Forward
Denis Evseenko, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Jack Whalen, Assistant Professor of Research, Ophthalmology
Michael Selsted, Chair and Professor, Pathology
Moumita Chakraborty, Licensing Associate, USC Stevens
USC faculty who have translated a discovery to the clinic will share the lessons they learned during this process. The entire licensing process will be presented by a representative from USC Stevens.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
September 26, 2018 | 12:30 – 2 PM | HSC NRT LG 503/504

October

Building Undergraduate Research Labs in the Social Sciences
Benjamin A.T. Graham, Assistant Professor of International Relations
Megan Becker, Director, International Relations Undergraduate Research Program
Kelebogile Zvobgo, Director, Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab
Michael Tierney, Co-Director, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, William & Mary
Half-day workshop for social sciences faculty on how to leverage a laboratory structure to enhance research portfolios and stretch scarce research funds, as well as best practices from other institutions.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
October 1, 2018 | 9 AM – 1 PM | UPC CUB 329

USC Awards to Fund Your ResearchPowerpoint
Michael Arciero, Director, Licensing, USC Stevens Center for Innovation
Silvia da Costa, Director of Faculty Research Relations, Office of Research
Aileen Dinkjian, RD & Team Building Program Administrator, SC CTSI, KSOM, Research Advancement
Juli Wu, Sr. RD & Team Building Program Administrator, SC CTSI
Workshop about the internal funding opportunities available to USC researchers. Awards for faculty range from $10-300K and support research, technology development and equipment purchases. Guidelines and tips on how to be successful will be discussed.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
CANCELLED – October 3, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | HSC NML East
October 10, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329
October 26, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | CHLA Saban Auditorium

MOVED TO SPRING! – Writing Winning Proposals
Bonnie Lund, Professional Grant Writer, The Writing Company
This 3-session workshop focuses on a step-by-step process for developing proposals: analyzing the announcement, planning the conceptual framework, drafting and organizing content for persuasive appeal. You’ll develop a proposal draft and participate in peer reviews to refine the draft for submission.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
October 4, 2018 | 4 – 6 PM | HSC NML East
October 18, 2018 | 4 – 6 PM | HSC NML East
November 1, 2018 | 4 – 6 PM | HSC NML East

MOVED TO SPRING! – Women in Science and Health: Speed Dating Mentoring Event
Shannon Mumenthaler, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Christina Dieli-Conwright, Assistant Professor of Research, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
In a “speed dating” style format, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and rewards facing women scientists at all career levels. In addition, attendees will share their ongoing research efforts to identify synergy and potential collaborations. The goal of this event is to offer an informal setting for women faculty at HSC to identify career mentors.
Target Audience: Faculty
October 5, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | Sullivan Technology Center (CHP 157)

Rigor, Transparency and Reproducibility in the Conduct of Research
Yves DeClerck, Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
This workshop will review the most recent policies from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the National Institutes of Health on reproducibility and their implications for faculty and trainees involved in basic, translational and clinical research. The importance of research integrity as a value in our academic world will also be discussed by a panel.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
October 12, 2018 | 12 – 1 PM | CHLA Saban Auditorium

From Bench to Clinical Applications: Money TalksPowerPoint
Molly Schmid, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Silvia da Costa, Director of Faculty Research Relations, Office of Research
Donaldson Santos, Assistant Director, Licensing, Life Sciences
Alan Epstein, Professor of Pathology
Tiger Zhang, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
We will introduce the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant mechanisms that provide non-dilutive funding to startup companies and the funding available at USC that supports invention and therapeutic innovation research.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
October 24, 2018 | 11:30 – 1 PM | HSC NRT LG 503/504

Developing and Submitting a Successful Mission Agency GrantPowerPoint
James S. Murday, Director of Physical Sciences, Research Advancement, Washington DC
Objectives are to educate investigators on identifying appropriate agencies, getting to know the program officers, developing the proposal and application structure, submitting for review, and working with agency officials to get the proposal funded.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
October 25, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

MOVED TO SPRING! Research Strategies and Tools for Using Twitter Data and Other Social Media
Andrzej Rutkowski, Visualization Specialist, VKC Library
Stacy R. Williams, Head, Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Social media has increasingly become part of the research process for a wide variety of academic disciplines. This workshop introduces researchers to the Andrew W. Mellon funded DocNow project to better understand how social media data, especially on Twitter, can be used for research.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
October 31, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC VKC Library Multi-Media Room

November

Navigating the Grant Proposal Landscape for Junior Faculty
Heidi Smith Parker, Program Administrator, Dornsife Business Office
This workshop offers advice to junior faculty members on crafting applications, creating a grant application 5-year plan, and balancing time between getting projects off the ground as a principal investigator and finding funding to support those projects. Participants will leave with a roadmap of future grant applications and an understanding of the basics of proposal writing.
Target Audience: Junior faculty & postdocs
November 2, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329

Photo Research Management using Tropy
Stacy R. Williams, Head, Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Andrzej Rutkowski, Visualization Specialist, VKC Library
This workshop introduces researchers to Tropy, a free open-source desktop tool funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Tropy allows researchers to add metadata, annotate, tag, search, and export photos taken for research projects. Tropy gives researchers an opportunity to organize materials retrieved from archival/field research and effectively use them in their research.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
November 7, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC AFA Library – Merendino Room

From Bench to Clinical Applications: Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur
Ben Vollrath, Co-Founder of Troy Therapeutics, COO of Amprion Inc.
An experienced serial entrepreneur in the biotech space will discuss examples of successes and failures, as well as the biggest challenges facing academic researchers interested in translation. Format will be an intimate “fireside chat” with USC faculty and postdocs.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
November 8, 2018 | 11:30 – 1 PM | HSC BCC

Utilizing Quantitative and Qualitative Datasets for Research, Learning and Teaching
Eimmy Solis, Social Sciences Data Librarian, VKC Library
Andrzej Rutkowski, Visualization Specialist, VKC Library
Learn about the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), USC’s leading resource of quantitative and qualitative datasets. This workshop will provide training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the USC social science research community. Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
November 14, 2018 | 10:30 – 12:30 PM | UPC VKC Library Multi-Media Room

Securing Corporate Funding for Your Research
Lawrence Lau, Associate Director, Corporate Collaborations, Physical and Information Sciences
Learn how to engage with industry and obtain funding. Discussion on the commercialization process and how the USC Stevens Center will help to find a partner, negotiate a license, and assist with developing and marketing the product.
Target Audience: Faculty & postdocs
November 16, 2018 | 12 – 2 PM | UPC CUB 329