Below you can find a list of required training from the Research Training Finder to ensure your research project and team are in compliance with USC policy, federal and state laws, sponsor requirements, and award terms and conditions.

In addition, each semester our Center for Excellence in Research organizes workshops for USC researchers. These courses are designed to provide faculty, research staff, postdocs, PhD students and graduate students 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.

For more opportunities to learn, please also take a look at our Events. If you’d like to add an event, you can submit it to the USC Research Calendar with an image and tag the Office of Research under Department. Please make sure it’s not already listed below before adding. To share your event on our Twitter, your group can also photo tag us in their posts and we’ll retweet.

Required Research Training

AALAS Certification

Biology, care, and use of common laboratory animal species; disease problems of laboratory animals and updates on health surveillance programs.

Animal Care and Use Training

Training materials are assigned according to the species listed and procedures described in the approved IACUC Protocol Synopsis Form on which the ‘trainee’ is listed.

Annual Safety Refresher Training

ASR must be provided to research staff by the PI or designee and must include specific safety topics.

Bloodborne Pathogens Training (BBP)

Anyone working with or has the potential to be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials must attend.

BSL3 Laboratory Requirements

Research requirements and procedures for use of the BSL3 laboratory.

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)

Provides basic or advanced training tailored to the CRC’s fundamental role in the conduct of clinical trials.

Conflict of Interest

Offered through the CITI Program; discusses the PHS regulations on financial conflicts of interest and disclosure of significant financial interests.

Controlled Substances Training

Required for those who work with controlled substances.

General Lab Safety Training

The course covers hazardous materials, lab hazards, engineering and administrative controls, personal protective equipment, and hazardous waste management.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Offered through the CITI Program; course content is tailored to GCP for clinical trials with investigational drugs and biologics, medical devices, social-behavioral research.

Grants Management for Faculty

Overview of responsibilities of an investigator: authorship, peer review, mentoring, COI, data management, fiscal management, funding mechanisms, post-award management, etc.


Covers all aspects of HIPAA and the protection of the privacy of individually identifiable health information.

Human Subjects Research Protections

Offered through the CITI Program; Focuses on biomedical or social-behavorial.

Laser Safety training

Laser classification, safe work practices, and PPE.

Radiation Safety Training

Radioactive materials (RAM), radiation sources, and radiation-producing devices, safe work practices, PPE, and radioactive waste management.

Respiratory Protection Training

Respiratory Protection training provides guidance for respirator selection, explains limitations, proper storage, use and care of respirators.

Responsible Conduct of Research

RCR topics include: scientific integrity, misconduct and fraud in science, data management, etc.

Shipping of Biological Materials and/or Dry Ice

Designed to teach researchers the safety concerns surrounding the use of viral vectors.

The Basics of Bayh-Dole

Basics of the Bayh-Dole Act as well as the obligations of USC researchers under the Bayh-Dole Act.

Viral Vector/BSL2+

Designed to teach researchers the safety concerns surrounding the use of viral vectors.

X-Ray Training

Covers basic irradiator safety and operation or aspects of radiation safety for users of Diffraction type radiation producing machines.

CER Workshops

Writing Compelling NSF Proposals

This workshop will help you understand the review process at NSF and other funding agencies and provide specific recommendations for increasing your chances of getting funded.

Ethics of Community-Engaged Research

Learn how the Office of Research can support you, funding opportunities, how to complete the ethics clearance process, and hear insights from USC researchers.

A Growing Field of Research: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture 

An opportunity to investigate and analyze, through research and publication, the conflicting images of journalists in pop culture through thousands of studies and articles in the IJPC Database.

Optimizing Grant Funding Success: What I Wish I’d Known When I Started

Focused on 1) optimizing your chances of funding; 2) developing successful grant writing templates and 3) increasing the chances your proposal will receive positive review and scores.

Obtaining Funding from Foundations

Learn how you can build a meaningful relationship with a foundation and the process, as well as resources, available at USC to help you along the way.

Introduction to Advanced Research Computing Resources and Services

This workshop will cover high-performance computing, cloud solutions, data workflow management, and other research computing related topics.

ARPA-H and TIP: New Federal Research Funding Programs

Learn about two new federal funding agencies: Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health and NSF Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships.

Strategies for a Mission Agency Young Investigator/Early Career Award

We’ll provide tips on structuring a successful proposal, approaching program officers, amount of funding available, topic selection, and due dates.

How to Obtain NIH Funding

We’ll review the NIH grant process as well as show you how to identify which institute to target, prepare for the review process, and build relationships with agencies.

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program: Dos and Don’ts

Learn from Vinod K Lohani at the NSF about the NSF NRT program which seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students to develop the skills needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Designing and Writing a Successful NSF Broader Impacts

We’ll teach you how to develop your statement with examples of creative strategies, a brainstorming session to help you develop your ideas, and an overview of resources at USC.

Increase Your Research Impact with Open Access Publishing

This workshop will cover the basics of OA, the different models used by publishers, and transformative agreements reached by the USC Libraries and several scholarly publishers.

Systematic Reviews and USC Libraries Support

This workshop will give a brief overview of systematic reviews for health science, STEM, and behavioral science, whether this is the best method for your needs, as well as support available at USC Libraries.

Developing Successful Proposals for Large Scale Funding Opportunities

Increasingly federal funding is requiring convergence and teaming. We’ll tell you how to win these opportunities, followed by a panel of USC faculty.

Other Training and Events

No scheduled events.