Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research Initiatives and Facilities (ORIF) administers grants and award programs offered by the USC Office of Research. Grant programs are tailored to support 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. As well, we encourage proposals that engage and benefit marginalized communities by advancing local economic, physical, health, cultural and/or social outcomes.

Nominations and grant applications must be submitted via the Office of Research Initiatives and Facilities Grant Portal. For additional information on research-related services offered by ORIF, please visit our website.

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DeadlineTitleDescriptionAward Amount
2022/09/05Core 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. $30,0002022/06/162022/06/16
2022/06/13Zumberge Research Coordination & Team BuildingProvides opportunities to foster new collaborations between USC faculty, as well as between USC and other research institutions nationally, with the goal to support faculty teams working on collaborative, multidisciplinary new research projects.$25,0002022/05/092022/06/02
2022/04/18Research and Development (R&D) Priorities Award: SustainabilityThe USC R&D Priorities Award provides seed funding for interdisciplinary collaborative research activities involving groups of faculty from multiple schools who are preparing a proposal for an externally funded grant in areas of R&D priorities outlined by the OMB/OSTP.$75,0002022/03/312022/06/07
2022/03/21Zumberge Interdisciplinary Research AwardProvides seed funding for broad, collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve groups of faculty from multiple schools across USC.$85,0002022/02/242022/05/27
2022/02/28Research Collaboration FundSupports the creation and development of expansive research collaborations among faculty and students working on broad interdisciplinary research topics, such as water, neuroscience, digital humanities, or the environment.$30,0002022/01/272022/09/01
2022/03/14Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion Research AwardSupports research and scholarship that addresses critical gaps in knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion, or that benefits under-represented and/or disenfranchised communities.$30,0002022/01/182022/06/02
2022/03/07Zumberge Individual Research AwardHelps new and junior faculty launch and develop research, scholarly, or creative programs and projects that lead to sustained professional development and extramural funding.$30,0002022/01/182022/06/07
2022/01/24Ming Hsieh InstituteSeeking proposals with novel therapeutic or diagnostic approaches to detect or treat disease that will initiate multi-disciplinary research teams.$350,0002021/12/072022/02/24
2021/11/01Associates Award for Creativity in Research and ScholarshipThe 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.$3,5002021/07/232022/02/24
2021/09/20Core/Shared Instrumentation FundSupports acquisition of shared instrumentation—including equipment, datasets, and repositories — that enables major research endeavors in the sciences, medicine and engineering and provides USC researchers with greater access to shared equipment and key resources. $300,0002021/07/212022/02/24