Funding Opportunities

USC’s Research and Innovation (R&I) office supports awards and grants programs in a diverse range of research areas, scholarship, and artistic and cultural expression, including, but not limited to, social sciences, humanities, arts, literature, STEM, political sciences, social work, education, business, law, architecture, among others. Proposals that engage and benefit marginalized communities by advancing local economic, physical, health, cultural and/or social outcomes are also encouraged.

Programs are administered by the Research Initiatives & Infrastructure (RII) office. For additional information on research-related services offered by RII, please visit our website. Grant proposal applications must be submitted via RII’s Grant Portal.

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2023/09/11Alternative Methods to Animal Research AwardSupports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research that involves faculty groups across USC schools to develop alternative methods to animal testing, based on the concept of the “3Rs” (Replace, Reduce, and Refine). $250,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2023/05/15Collaborative Research Planning AwardSupports teams of faculty who aim to plan and establish or foster a community of researchers at USC and potentially at external, partnering organizations, organized around a broad topic of shared interest.$450,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2023/10/02Howard Hughes Medical Institute Mentorship Award​Intends to enhance USC's researcher pool and the quality of research being conducted by preparing highly qualified researchers to apply to the HHMI Investigator Program.$100,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2023/05/29Humanities & Humanistic Social Sciences ProgramPromotes creativity and excellence by supporting humanities and humanistic social science faculty in their individual and collective scholarly work.$145,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2024/02/25Institutional Training Planning AwardAssists in developing and enhancing USC’s institutional research infrastructure by preparing faculty to submit competitive institutional training applications to federal agencies like the NIH and NSF.$130,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2023/04/17Instrumentation AwardIntends to establish and bolster USC’s infrastructure by supporting the purchase of shared instrumentation and further preparing faculty to submit large-scale instrumentation grants to external sponsors.$2,150,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2024/01/29Ming Hsieh Institute Research AwardSupporting translational and pre-clinical research that expedites the bench-to-bedside development of new life-saving devices and therapeutics to detect and/or treat cancer. Strong interest in proposals that will initiate multi-disciplinary research teams.$1,200,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2024/03/18President’s Sustainability Research AwardProvides seed funding to enable researchers to submit highly competitive applications for federal funding, including large center and related programs, early career awards, and individual research projects.$1,000,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2024/03/04Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) AwardIntends to establish and bolster USC’s ongoing technology transfer and commercialization efforts by supporting faculty partnered with a small business to plan and prepare for submitting a competitive SBIR/STTR application to a federal funding agency.$300,0002023/03/222023/03/22
2024/02/05Zumberge Preliminary Studies Research AwardProvides researchers with funds to plan and conduct circumscribed research projects that will generate preliminary data that will be valuable in enhancing the competitiveness of future grant proposals submitted to external sponsors. $575,0002023/03/222023/03/22