Office of Research Initiatives and Facilities

The Office of Research Initiatives and Facilities (ORIF) 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.


Office of Research’s 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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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 Office of Research award deadlines, CER workshops and office closures: