Training

Each semester, the Center for Excellence in Research under the Office of Research Initiatives and Facilities organizes workshops for USC researchers. These courses are designed to provide faculty, research staff, postdocs, PhD students and graduate students across all fields of study with specialized skills and knowledge in seeking funding from government, foundation, and corporate organizations as well as a variety of other topics. Join our mailing list to receive updates on upcoming CER workshops. 

Do you have an idea for a CER workshop? We’d love to hear from you!

For required investigator training, see the Research Training Finder.

Fall 2021 CER Schedule

Vulnerable Populations in Social Behavioral and Biomedical Research
Thu, September 2, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Julie Slayton, Director, Office for the Protection of Research Subjects, Office of Research
RoseAnn Fleming, Interim Director, USC Institutional Review Board, Office of Research

Who is considered a member of a “vulnerable” population? When are special precautions necessary? What are those precautions likely to be? How might the translate into information you need to provide for your IRB review? What might be the impact on level of review? Come find out!

Exploring Arts-Based Research
Friday, September 17, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Joanna Zylinska, Professor of Media Philosophy & Critical Digital Practice, Digital Humanities at King's College London

Joanna Zylinska will discuss her arts-based research methodology, which brings together philosophical inquiry and artistic practice in the realm of still and moving images.

Introduction to Advanced Research Computing Resources and Services
Fri, September 24, 2021 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

BD Kim, Director, High-Performance Computing, Information Technology Support Services

Nearly all scientific and engineering disciplines confront challenges in dealing with a vast amount of data or modeling complex processes across many scales. BD Kim will cover high-performance computing, cloud solutions, data workflow management, and other research computing related topics.

Obtaining Funding from Foundations
Fri, October 1, 2021 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Hossein Pourmand, Senior Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Advancement

There are thousands of charitable foundations around the world looking to fund research — the challenge is finding the right one for you. Learn from Hossein Pourmand how you can build a meaningful relationship with a foundation and the process, as well as resources available at USC to help you along the way.

Understanding the Differences Between Exempt, Expedited, and Full Board
Thu, October 7, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Julie Slayton, Director, Office for the Protection of Research Subjects, Office of Research
RoseAnn Fleming, Interim Director, USC Institutional Review Board, Office of Research

What does it mean for a study to be “exempt”? Exempt from what? What is the difference between an exempt study, an expedited study and a full board study? How does the IRB decide? Come find out!

Utilizing Quantitative and Qualitative Datasets for Research, Learning and Teaching
Fri, October 8, 2021 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Eimmy Solis, Social Sciences Data Librarian, VKC Library

Learn about the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), USC’s leading resource of quantitative and qualitative datasets. This workshop will provide training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the USC social science research community.

Developing and Submitting a Successful Mission Agency Grant
Fri, October 22, 2021 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST

James Murday, Director Of Physical Sciences, Office of Research Advancement

There are many Federal Agencies that support University Research - which ones are best for you? The workshop objectives are to help an investigator: identify the pertinent agencies and programs, contact the appropriate program officers, develop a winning proposal (it is a bit different for each agency), and work with agency officials to get the proposal funded. The focus is on agencies that fund science and engineering other than NSF and NIH, but those two are used to provide comparisons.

How to Obtain NIH Funding
Thu, October 28, 2021 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PST

Steven Moldin, Executive Director of Research Advancement, Office of Research

The NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year. Steve Moldin will review the NIH grant process — from conceptualizing your proposal to getting funded — as well as show you how to identify which institute to target, prepare for the review process, and build relationships with agencies.

Writing Compelling NSF Proposals
Fri, October 29, 2021 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Paul Ronney, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Viterbi

Arrrgh! My fantastic proposal was rejected! Why couldn’t those knuckleheads at NSF understand how brilliant my ideas are? Did they even read the proposal? Professor Ronney has served on many NSF panels and has reviewed many well-written (and not-so-well-written) proposals. In this workshop he will help you understand how the review process at NSF and other funding agencies works and provide specific recommendations for increasing your chances of getting funded, including how to anticipate panel dynamics and tailor your proposal accordingly.

QI/QA (Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance) vs Research with Humans
Thu, November 4, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Julie Slayton, Director, Office for the Protection of Research Subjects, Office of Research
RoseAnn Fleming, Interim Director, USC Institutional Review Board, Office of Research

The difference between a quality improvement (QI) and quality assurance (QA) and research involving human participants can be tricky and there is a lot of grey. Come learn how the IRB thinks about the similarities and differences between the three and the implications for IRB submission.

Securing Corporate Funding for Your Research
Thursday, November 11, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hossein Pourmand, Senior Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Advancement

In 2016, businesses provided $4.2 billion in academic research funding, largely directed toward life sciences and engineering. Hossein Pourmand will discuss the commercialization process and how the University Advancement can help you find a partner, negotiate a license, and market your product.

Cinematography, Lighting and Filmmaking as Research
Thursday, November 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Alexander Nevill, Senior Lecturer, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University

Alexander Nevill, a cinematographer and filmmaker who teaches in the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University and recently published a book titled Towards a Philosophy of Cinematography, will discuss his practice-based research within the context of moving image production.

Best Research Practices: Ensuring the Integrity, Strength and Reputation of Your Research
Friday, November 19, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Kristen Grace, Research Integrity Officer, Office of Research

Topics will include all aspects of research integrity and best practices, from research ethics, to laboratory and data management,  to research misconduct.  Other topics, such as publishing, conflict of interest, working with human and animal subjects and navigating the Feds will also be covered.

Best Clinical Research Practices: Ensuring the Integrity, Strength and Reputation of your Human Subject Research
Thu, December 2, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kristen Grace, Research Integrity Officer, Office of Research

Topics will include all aspects of clinical research integrity and best practices, from clinical research ethics, to writing a protocol, to how to handle an audit.  Other topics, such as publishing, conflicts of interest, and misconduct will also be covered. 

USC Awards to Fund Your Research
Fri, December 3, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Silvia R. Da Costa, Director of Faculty Research Relations, Office of Research
Megan Gutierrez, Program Specialist, Clinical Translational Science Institute
Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director, USC Stevens Center For Innovation

New to USC/CHLA or need a refresher on the internal funding available to researchers? Silvia da Costa, Megan Gutierrez and Jennifer Dyer will review the grant programs supporting research and technology development, as well as give you guidelines and tips on how to ensure your proposal is a success.

Proposal Review Service​

The Center for Excellence in Research offers a peer-to-peer proposal review service for applications to external funding agencies. Email your near-final proposal draft to usccer@usc.edu, along with the link to the specific program announcement to which you are applying. Reviewers may be USC or non-USC faculty.

Investigators should contact our office roughly four weeks in advance of the proposal due date to allow for sufficient time to review and provide applicants with feedback.