Research Initiatives and Infrastructure

Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) provides support services to USC investigators through a number of activities and programs, including administering internal award programs, overseeing nominations for limited submission funding opportunities to external sponsors, managing of shared resources through Priority Software FBS and facilitating faculty mentoring and training through the Center for Excellence in Research.


Internal award programs of over $5M per year in grants.
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Limited Submissions

Competitions for awards by outside agencies for which USC can nominate a limited number of candidates.
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Shared Resources

USC’s shared resources that enable faculty and students to perform cutting-edge research.
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Each semester, CER organizes workshops for USC researchers to provide them with the skills to seek funding and more.
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RFP: President’s Sustainability Research Award

Integrating sustainability as a core value in USC’s strategic planning is a critically important institutional commitment. In addition to implementing impactful sustainability initiatives across USC’s campuses, great opportunities exist to expand and enhance USC’s research strengths and capabilities in sustainability.

RFP: Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship

The USC Associates Awards are the highest honors the university can bestow on its members for their distinguished achievements. Faculty from all schools and academic units are strongly encouraged to nominate colleagues with exceptional records of creativity in research.

RFP: Core Instrumentation Special Solicitation – Small Equipment

The Core Instrumentation Fund Special Solicitation – Small Equipment aims to provide USC researchers with greater access to shared equipment and key resources, including datasets and repositories, in addition to core instrumentation already available through existing core facilities.  The solicitation will consider requests


See the calendar below for award deadlines, CER workshops and office closures: