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 Other Training, Talks and Events. If you’d like to add one, you can submit it to the USC Calendar with an image and tag 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 tag us in their posts and we’ll retweet.

Research Training Finder

AALAS Certification

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

Animal Biosafety

Institutional policies and procedures for research involving administration of hazardous substance to animal research.

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.

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 Training

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

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.

X-Ray Training

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

Spring 2023 CER Workshops

Systematic Review and Evidence Synthesis Services at UPC

Come learn about the Non-Medical Science Systematic Reviews (NMSSR) and Evidence Synthesis Services available at UPC, including service levels offered, how it’s done at USC, and how to adapt it to multi-disciplinary studies.

Strategies for Young Investigator/Early Career Awards

A lot of federal opportunities exist to help researchers at the start of their careers. We’ll guide you on the funding available, topic selection, program officers, and structuring your proposal, followed by a Q&A with a two-time awardee.

USC Research and Innovation Awards to Fund Your Research

This workshop will introduce you to the new internal grant programs available through USC Research and Innovation, as well as give you guidelines and tips on how to ensure your proposal is a success.

Writing Compelling NSF Proposals

We’ll go over how the NSF review process works and provide specific recommendations for increasing your chances of getting funded, anticipating panel dynamics, and tailoring your proposal accordingly.

Developing Proposals for Large-Scale Grants

Large-scale federal funding opportunities take a significant amount of time to plan, develop, and write. We’ll empower you to take charge with some strategies for crafting a winning proposal, followed by a Q&A with USC faculty who have been successful.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Come learn all about intellectual property, such as the differences between utility patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; the pitfalls of the provisional patent application; as well as strategies for patenting while submitting scientific articles.

Other Training, Talks and Events