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Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Research Award

The James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund is USC’s university-wide faculty research grant support mechanism. It awards several hundred thousand dollars each year through its annual James H. Zumberge Awards competition. The Zumberge Fund promotes the initiation of research at USC through three types of awards: Individual Awards, Interdisciplinary Awards and Diversity & Inclusion Awards.

Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Research Award

The Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Research Award is aimed at supporting research and scholarship that addresses critical gaps in knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion, or benefits diverse communities. To achieve these goals, the Zumberge D&I in Research Award provides up to $30,000 in pilot research support. See our past awardees here.

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
(c) demonstrate that a Zumberge award will help attract further external research support

Research topics eligible for this program need to address diversity defined to include and not be 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: FY22 Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion Research Award
Deadline: 5 pm, Monday, February 22, 2021

Proposal Submission

Submit your proposal 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 Initiatives and Facilities at or 213-821-8163).

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