The University of Southern California (USC) is committed to enhancing and expanding its support of faculty research activities by stimulating the pursuit of funding from Federal agencies and other external sponsors. Researchers can bolster a grant application with strong preliminary data to demonstrate two key factors: (1) approach — the proposed research is promising; and (2) feasibility — the ability of the researcher and research team to carry it out is credible. The more paradigm-shifting the hypothesis is, the more a researcher must lay a solid foundation for the proposed projects. Similarly, if initial findings are surprising, the inclusion of more data is very useful to convince reviewers that the results are real, replicable, and statistically significant. A sufficient degree of preliminary data is necessary to convince scientific peer reviewers that the project has a high likelihood of success.
|Deadline: 5 PM Pacific Time, February 5, Annually|
View the RFP for full proposal requirements.