Life Sciences and Engineering

Baxter Foundation Faculty Fellow Program

Amount
$50,000 – $100,000
 
Description
The Keck School of Medicine is seeking junior faculty research proposals related to innovative research that leads to the development of new therapies, diagnostic tools, and disease prevention.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Junior faculty
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
February annually
 
Contact
For program information, contact Kavita Munjal (munjal@usc.edu)

Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program (OUTSIDE USC)

Amount
Up to $80,000 for a two year grant period
 
Description
The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants. The purpose of our program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
PI who is a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor at invited institutions
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
January: Letter of Intent
March: Final Deadline
 
Website
https://research.usc.edu/brf-fay-frank/

Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Awards

Amount
$100,000 direct support and $20,000 for covering services in relevant core facilities
 
Description
The Broad Innovation Award seeks innovative proposals on an annual basis related to many topics in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine
 
Requirements and Eligibility
All USC faculty with PI privileges are eligible to apply
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Proposals due each year on September 16
 
Website
https://stemcell.keck.usc.edu/funding/internal-funding/

Bridge Funding Program (Keck)

Amount
Up to $45,000
 
Description
The Office of the Dean would like to collaborate with KSOM departments and institutes to provide bridge funding to productive PIs who have lost their extramural funding but remain potentially competitive. This funding will provide PIs with the opportunity to conduct research that will lead to new extramural grant support.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Full time tenured or tenure-track faculty member in KSOM with at least three years of continuous peer-reviewed extramural funding at USC prior to current funding gap (no more than two-year funding gap)
Acceptable use of funds: supplies; animal care; clinical study costs; salaries for staff, students, and post-docs; or travel to field sites for data collection
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Department Chairs and/or Institute Directors who will support bridge funding should submit a two page description, budget justification, peer reviews, etc to the Vice Dean for Research at KSOM, Janet Stoeckert (stoecker@med.usc.edu)
 
Website
https://research.usc.edu/files/2011/05/Deans-Bridge-Funding-Program.pdf

Core Instrumentation Fund

Amount 
up to $300,000
Description
The Core Instrumentation Fund supports acquisition of shared instrumentation that enables major research endeavors in the sciences, medicine and engineering. It is intended for core laboratory directors who want 1. Full funding for acquisition of equipment or 2. External funding where a match is required (NIH, S10, NSF-MRI, DURIP)
Requirements and Eligibility –
Applicants seeking to establish a new core facility must obtain pre-approval to apply
Deadline and Application Timeline
Due April 23, 2018: Submit a proposal
 
Website
http://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/instrumentation/

Dean’s Pilot Funding Program (Keck)

Amount
Up to $37,500 for one year composed of 2:1 ratio of funds from the Dean’s office and investigators’ home department(s)
 
Description
Provides junior and experienced investigators funding for initial exploration of new research areas. Priority will be to obtain feasibility data that will lead to submission of new NIH R-series or other major research proposals.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Limited to Keck Faculty only
Single or multiple PIs
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Due September 1, 2017: Letter of Intent
Due September 29. 2017: Proposal
October 20, 2017: Final selection of Awardees
 
Website
https://research.usc.edu/files/2011/05/Deans-Pilot-Funding-Program-2018.pdf

Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science Pilot Program

Amount
$5,000-$10,000
 
Description
These grants support promising projects that could result in larger collaborations related to health systems science research.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Must be a Gehr affiliate member (health system leaders, researchers, community member who are interested in conducting partnered research in health systems science in collaboration with Gehr faculty members)
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Send CV to mhochman@med.usc.edu
 
Website
http://gehrcenter.usc.edu/programs/gehr-affiliate-program/
 
Contact
mhochman@med.usc.edu

Liver Center Pilot Program

Amount
Dependent on applicant budgets
 
Description
The Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Project Program is a magnet that pulls investigators into the Liver Center. The emphasis has been to fund young investigators, who are more likely to stay in digestive disease research if their P/F project is successful.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
All USC faculty with a research project
Category 1: new investigators who are the principal investigator on a project and who do not have external funding;
Category 2: established investigators in fields other than digestive diseases, who are interested in redirecting work and expertise to digestive disease
Category 3: established investigators in digestive disease who wish to make a major shift in emphasis (e.g., intestine to liver).
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
December: Letters of Intent
January: Full proposal deadline
 
Website
https://keck.usc.edu/liver-diseases-research-center/courses/pilot-feasibility-project-program/

Ming Hsieh Institute for Research of Engineering-Medicine for Cancer

Amount
Up to $140,000 per year
 
Description
The Ming Hsieh Institute seeks proposals that will initiate multi-disciplinary research teams employing computational biology, protein chemistry, physics, chemistry, pharmacology, and/or engineering, for the purpose of developing new treatments or diagnostics for patients with cancer.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Team of two or more full-time or research faculty at USC from at least two schools
One must be a physician (MD) whose work includes servicing cancer patients
The Institute supports two categories of projects:
Early stage: work in which a clinical perspective informs and guides basic research toward engineering medical solutions.
Translational projects: work in which already developed technologies or therapies are married with clinical patient populations for human testing or pre-clinical animal testing, or proof-of concept projects as a step toward a specific commercialization goal.
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Due January 22, 2018: Proposal
May, 2018: Awardees announced
 
Website
https://research.usc.edu/immunotherapeutics-solicitation/
https://research.usc.edu/files/2016/01/2018-MHI-RFP-Nano-Immuno-072517-FINAL.pdf
 
Contact
Melody Tang (Vprsch@usc.edu) (213-821-8163)

Rose Hills Research Fellowship

Amount
Up to $75,000
 
Description
The primary purpose of the Rose Hills Fellowship is to provide junior faculty in the STEM fields with seed funds to launch their scholarly research careers. It does so by providing grants that assist faculty in developing self-sustaining research programs or serve as a stepping stone to external funding agencies for faculty who do not already have significant sponsored research programs.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Junior faculty in the STEM fields
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Next call for proposals will be spring 2019
 
Website
https://research.usc.edu/rose-hills-research-fellowship/

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center

Amount
Up to $50,000
 
Description
The SCEHSC awards one-year pilot projects (up to $50,000) that aim to promote the understanding of environmental exposures, host factors, and human disease. The goal of the program is to provide investigators with an opportunity to collect preliminary data and/or validate the utility of specific methods or techniques to establish the feasibility of larger-scale research projects and ultimately seek external, especially NIEHS funding.
Requirements and Eligibility
USC faculty or graduate students/postdoctoral researchers with a faculty sponsor
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
October 2, 2017: Letter of Intent and Specific Aims
October 16, 2017: Invitations to submit full application
November 6, 2017: Full applications
 
Website
http://envhealthcenters.usc.edu/2017/09/environmental-health-research-pilot-project-grants-up-to-50000-available.html
 
Contact
Lisa Grossman (lisa.wolff@usc.edu) (323-442-2750)

Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis

Amount
Up to $20,000
 
Description
The Pilot Project Program aims to stimulate the exploration of new, innovative research in pursuit of the Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis’ themes and goals and to recruit new and qualified investigators into the field of alcoholic liver and pancreatic diseases and cirrhosis.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
1) Junior faculty investigators (or senior postdocs in transition to junior faculty) without funding, who wish to develop independent research programs in the Center’s priority areas: how alcohol and risk factors sensitize the liver and pancreas for diseases; basic or translational research on development of new therapeutic and preventive modalities for cirrhosis, liver or pancreatic cancer
2) Investigators from other fields, who are interested in expanding research to alcoholic liver and pancreatic diseases (ALPD) and cirrhosis;
3) Investigators who aim to develop new collaborative research on common and comparative mechanisms in both ALPD or new system biology projects on crosstalk among liver, pancreas, intestine, adipose, and brain within the context of alcohol effects.
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
July 21, 2017: Letter of Intent
August 25, 2017: Application Deadline
 
Website
https://keck.usc.edu/alpd-and-cirrhosis-research-center/about/how-to-apply

USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center

Amount
Up to $30,000 for one-year pilot projects
 
Description
Provides funding for the design of a pilot program related to cognitive changes related to Alzheimer, cerebrovascular disease, and their interactions in diverse communities. We seek new basic, clinical and psychosocial approaches to the pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of early cognitive impairment in humans and animal models. We encourage the development of new approaches to intervention and translational research from preclinical to early phase trials.
1. Foster new investigators with interests in cognitive impairment by providing funds to gather preliminary data
2. Attract established investigator in non-AD area to become involved in dementia research
3.Develop pilot or preliminary data for R01 (e.g., assess feasibility of a study or a method in a small sample, before proposing a more definitive study in a large sample)
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Faculty or postdocs with a faculty sponsor
Applicants must identify a USC ADRC collaborator/sponsor
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Annual application opportunity
 
Website
http://adrc.usc.edu/pilot-projects/

Wright Foundation Research Award

Amount
$50,000-$100,000
 
Description
The Keck School of Medicine announces the Robert E. and May R. Wright Foundation Award to promote faculty research in three general areas: arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. Proposals that initiate a new research program or direction and those that are interdisciplinary or have translational potential are highly encouraged.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Full time faculty at the Keck School of Medicine who have not been awarded the Wright Award within the past three years
Deadline and Application Timeline
February: request for applications
Early March: Letter of Intent
Late March: final application deadline
 
Website
https://keck.usc.edu/research/grants-funding/internal-research-funding-opportunities/
 
Contact
Julie Carl (JCarl@med.usc.edu)

Viterbi Research Innovation Fund

Amount
Up to $50,000
 
Description
The Viterbi Research Innovation Fund program is aimed at fostering novel strategic research directions, projects, and activities in the school
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Spring and Fall of each year
 
Website
https://viterbischool.usc.edu/faculty/faculty-research-resources/research-initiatives/

Viterbi Internal Centers Incubator (VICI)

Amount
Up to $85,000
 
Description
VICI aims to empower innovative Viterbi research as well as provide resources to lower barriers for faculty to allow them to aim for larger, collaborative efforts. It funds proposals for internal centers in areas of strategic relevance to the Viterbi School and national importance.
Teams are expected to propose a timely and strategic vision, and a plan for establishing national recognition and a path to self-sustainability.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Teams of Viterbi faculty (with optional minority collaborators outside Viterbi)
 
Deadline and Application Timeline
Proposal submission deadline 3/19/18
 
Website
https://research.usc.edu/files/2011/05/Viterbi-Internal-Center-Incubator-VICI-Call-for-Proposals.pdf

Zumberge Fund Individual Awards

Amount
Up to $30,000
 
Description
The primary purpose of the Zumberge Individual Research Award program is to help our junior colleagues and new faculty launch their scholarly research careers.
The second purpose of the individual awards program is to support faculty who work in fields where external funding opportunities are limited. These awards support faculty in undertaking research that would not otherwise be carried out due to a lack of non-USC grant sources in the investigator’s area of scholarship.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Assistant professors or new faculty where research is a job expectation or external funding for the area of interest is limited
Faculty who already have significant funding (greater than $150,000) for research are not eligible
Deadline and Application Timeline
Due September 17, 2019: Brief report
 
Website
http://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/zumberge/
https://research.usc.edu/files/2011/05/FY17-18-Zumberge-Individual-FINAL.pdf

Zumberge Multi-School Interdisciplinary Research Awards

Amount
Large grant proposals: up to $85,000
Small grant proposals: up to $10,000
 
Description
Zumberge Multi-School Interdisciplinary Research Awards provide seed funding for broad, collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve groups of faculty from multiple schools across USC. Successful proposals are typically led by faculty with strong records of previous research accomplishments. The priority for interdisciplinary awards is for teams of such faculty who are preparing a proposal for an externally-funded multi-investigator grant on the scale of an interdisciplinary center, training grant or program project award.
 
Requirements and Eligibility
Permanent, full time faculty at USC
Deadline and Application Timeline
 
Website
https://research.usc.edu/files/2018/01/FY17-18-Zumberge-Interdisciplinary.pdf

USC Office of Research Funding Opportunities

Description
The USC Office of Research offers faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research administrators a wide range of information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects. Specifically, it lists current and recurring institutionally limited external competitions as well as internal research awards.
 
Website
https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/