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Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Diversity and Inclusion (DI) in Research Award

Diversity in research is a key component of innovation. It enhances the creative process by bringing to the table new concepts and points of view and contributes to a culture of transformative scholarship. The Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in Research Award is a special solicitation aimed at supporting research and scholarship that addresses critical gaps in knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion, or which benefits diverse communities. To achieve these goals, the Zumberge D&I in Research Award provides up to $30,000 in pilot research support.

To be considered for this award, applications must (a) plan to apply for an externally-funded grant on an eligible topic, (b) provide a realistic plan for sustained funding or support beyond the end of the award, and (c) demonstrate that a Zumberge award will make a difference in attracting further external research support.

The concept of diversity includes, but is not limited to, characteristics such as national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, educational background, and family structures.

Guidelines: FY18-19 Zumberge Diversity Inclusion in Research

Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5PM

Proposal Submission

Submit your proposal application utilizing the new Office of Research application submission and reporting portal.

Go to USC Application Portal to log in (or create an account for yourself), using your USC email address.

Important: You may experience problems with the online application if using the browser Internet Explorer. If you experience problems, it is advisable to access the application system through a different browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

For questions regarding the proposal submission process, please contact the Office of Research at ( or 213-821-8163).