University of Southern California


Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund – Interdisciplinary Research Award

Zumberge Fund Awards

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.

Interdisciplinary awards of up to $85,000 foster collaborative efforts among faculty from different schools and disciplines that lead to sustained interdisciplinary research programs and projects.

Recent recipients of Zumberge Interdisciplinary grants have gone on to receive:
• $5 million per year in support from the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center program, to establish the Center on Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations at USC.
• More than $4 million per year from the National Institutes of Health to bring the Bioinformatics Research Network (BIRN) to USC.
• Support from Lockheed Martin Corporation to establish the Center for Quantum Computing at USC, and to bring the D-Wave quantum computer to the university.

Interdisciplinary applicants aim to leverage their Zumberge awards for follow-on grants of this scale.

Guidelines: FY22 Zumberge Multi-School Interdisciplinary Research Award

Deadline: 5 pm, Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Proposal Submission

Submit your proposal application utilizing the Office of Research Application Portal. You would need to create an account for yourself using your USC email address.

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

Previous Zumberge Fund Recipients