Internal Funding Opportunities

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INTERNAL FUNDING AWARDS AWARD AMOUNT
(Per Year)
AWARD PERIOD DUE DATE WEBSITE PAST RECIPIENTS
Baxter Foundation Faculty Fellows Program $50,000 – $100,000 1 Year Full Application: Mid-spring 2019 https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/#baxter 2011
J. Martin Heur
KSOM Dean’s Pilot Funding Award $37,500 1 Year LOI (Optional): August 2019

Full Application: September 2019
https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/#Keck 2017
Hossein Ameri
Jesse Berry
Benjamin Xu

2016
Xuejuan Jiang
Amir Kashani
SC CTSI Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science Program (MCD-CTS) 75% salary (up to $120,000) $25,000 for tuition/research costs 2 Years LOI: August 2019

Full Application: August 2019
https://sc-ctsi.org/training-education/mcd-cts-application-details 2018
Kimberly Gokoffski
SC CTSI Pilot Research Award $40,000 1 Year Full Application: February 2019 Clinical and Community Research Award: https://sc-ctsi.org/funding/clinical-and-community-research-award

Improving Research Methods and Processes Grant: https://sc-ctsi.org/funding/improving-research-methods-and-processes-grant
2018
Grace Richter
Technology Advancement Grants (TAGs) $50,000 1 Year LOI: January 2019

Full Application: March 2019
https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/#tags 2017
Sarah Hamm-Alvarez

2016
Qifa Zhou
Wright Foundation Research Award $50,000 – $100,000 1 Year Full Application: April 2019 https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/#wright 2018
Jesse Berry
Zumberge Individual Award $30,000 1 Year Full Application: January 2019 https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/zumberge/ 2018
Kimberly Gokoffski

2017
Sandy Zhang-Nunes

2016
Xuejuan Jiang
Zumberge Interdisciplinary Award $80,000 1 Year Full Application: February 2019 https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/zumberge/ 2017
Qifa Zhou

 

Baxter Foundation Faculty Fellows Program

Award:

  • Range from $50,000 to $100,000

Purpose:

  • The purpose of the Donald E. and Delia Baxter Foundation Fellows Program is to provide seed funding to help prepare and support young investigators as they embark on their careers and start up their independent research programs. This early stage of career development is a critical period for a new researcher. During this time, the new scientist requires some form of monetary support to develop preliminary data and build a research program to effectively compete for extramural research funding. The Foundation is interested in supporting researchers at this early stage so that they can conduct innovative and impactful research that has strong future potential for translation to new therapies, diagnostic tools, and/or approaches to disease prevention. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting basic laboratory and mechanism-based research programs.

Deadline:

  • Full Application: Mid-spring 2019

Contact: Kavita Munjal (munjal@usc.edu)
 
Website: https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/#baxter
 
Past Solicitation: 2018 Baxter RFP

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KSOM Dean’s Pilot Funding Award

Award:

  • Up to $37,500 for 1 year

Purpose:

  • The Office of the Dean would like to collaborate with KSOM departments and institutes to provide faculty members with 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. The primary target audiences include junior investigators starting a research program and established investigators moving to a new area of research that is clearly distinct from prior research. Limited to Keck Faculty only.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time KSOM or CHLA faculty member
  • Single or multiple PIs
  • Co-Is from other USC schools will be allowed, but all funds will be disbursed directly through KSOM rather than through satellite accounts to other schools or purchase orders to CHLA if an award is issued

Deadline:

  • LOI (Optional): Aug 17, 2018
  • Full Application: Sept 7, 2018

Contact: Aileen Dinkjian (Aileen.Dinkjian@med.usc.edu)
 
Website: https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/#Keck
 
Solicitation: https://research.usc.edu/files/2018/07/FY19-Deans-Pilot-Funding-RFA-Final.pdf

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SC CTSI Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science Program (MCD-CTS)

Award:

  • Scholar’s salary support up to $90,000 plus fringe for effort devoted to the program (a minimum of 75% is required for non-surgical specialties, 50% for surgical specialties).
  • Tuition/research costs of up to $25,000 annually for two years:
    • Travel Stipend (Year 1): Scholars may spend up $5,000 as part of the $25,000 on travel related to their research, which must be completed in Year 1 of the program. A portion of travel stipend (approximately $2,500) must be used to cover hotel, transportation, meeting registration, food, and printing of poster presentation for the Translational Science Meeting in Washington, DC (mandatory attendance in first year of training to this conference.)
    • Travel Stipend (Year 2): Scholars may spend up $2,500 as part of the $25,000 on travel related to their research, which must be completed by Year 2 of the program.

Purpose:

  • A two-year program created to support research career development for health professionals or individuals with research doctoral degrees who wish to pursue formal training and a career in clinical and translational research.

Eligibility:

  • Research Areas: To be considered for the MCD-CTS program, applicants must be pursuing a career path in clinical/translational research. Our program strongly encourages applications from a variety of schools and disciplines (medical, health science, pharmacy, social work, psychology, biomedical engineering, etc.), as well as from individuals from our partner institutions including but not limited to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Applicants do not have to have a clinical degree to apply to the MCD-CTS Program, but their career goals and interests must be in multidisciplinary clinical research.
  • Other Criteria:
    • MD, Pharm D, DOT, DSN, DNP, DPT, DDS degrees are examples of MCD-CTS Scholar-eligible professional doctoral degrees.
    • Research Ph.D. degree-holders are eligible.
    • Junior faculty or those who anticipate promotion to faculty status (Fellows) at the start of the award.
    • Have a primary appointment at an SC CTSI partner institution (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles).

Deadline:

  • LOI: Aug 3, 2018
  • Full Application: Aug 31, 2018

Contact: wd@sc-ctsi.org
 
Website: https://sc-ctsi.org/training-education/mcd-cts-application-details
 
Solicitation: Check the website above

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SC CTSI Pilot Research Award

Award:

  • Up to $40,000

Purpose:

  • There are two funding mechanisms for this award: Clinical and Community Research Award and Improving Research Methods and Processes.
  • Clinical and Community Research Award
    • These awards are intended to support preliminary research that will lead to larger extramurally-funded human mechanistic studies, clinical trials, community trials, health outcomes research, or implementation research. This mechanism is not intended to fund basic or preclinical research.
    • Preference and highest priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear path to sustaining extramural funding or to direct implementation of improvements in clinical and translational research processes. Proposals will be evaluated using an NIH-style peer review process.
  • Improving Research Methods and Processes Grant
    • These awards are intended to support the development and testing of new approaches and/or tools that increase the speed, efficiency, safety and/or quality of clinical, community, health outcomes and/or implementation research. Successful applicants will define challenges or barriers in the conduct of research and propose development of a solution or process that can be tested within the pilot project and/or with subsequent extramural funding. This mechanism is not intended to fund basic or preclinical research.
    • Preference and highest priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear path to sustaining extramural funding or to direct implementation of improvements in clinical and translational research processes. Proposals will be evaluated using an NIH-style peer review process.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time faculty members at USC and CHLA as of the date of the award are eligible to apply as PI.
  • Postdocs, residents, fellows, students, and community members can be included as co-Is.
  • International Faculty who are non-US citizens/permanent residents must have a USC appointment and currently hold a visa to allow them to remain in the US long enough to complete the proposed project.

Deadline:

  • Full Application: February 2019

Contact: rd@sc-ctsi.org
 
Website:
 

Past Solicitation: Check the website above

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Technology Advancement Grants (TAGs) Award

Award:

  • Up to $50,000 for 1 year

Purpose:

  • USC Stevens – Technology Advancement Grants (TAGs) supports early stage technologies developed at USC. The technology can be from any discipline but will have to demonstrate a strong potential for commercialization and can be advanced by an investment on the scale of $50,000 or less.

Eligibility:

  • The application must be based on existing Intellectual Property (IP) developed at USC with the rights assigned to USC.
  • The IP cannot be licensed, optioned, or subject to any third-party rights at the time of application (other than government interests via sponsored research).
  • The principal investigator must be a USC employee eligible to serve as principal investigator, other than a term employee or visiting employee.
  • A complete invention disclosure must be on file with USC Stevens prior to the submission of the letter of intent.

Deadline:

  • LOI: January 2019
  • Full Application: March 2019

Contact: Michael Arciero (arciero@usc.edu) / 213-821-0942
 
Website: https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/#tags
 
Past Solicitation: https://stevens.usc.edu/files/2017/11/USC-Stevens-2018-TAG-Request-for-Proposals-112917.pdf

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Wright Foundation Research Awards

Award:

  • Range from $50,000 to $100,000

Purpose:

  • 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.

Eligibility:

  • Any full-time faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine who is actively involved in research is eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to:
    • Junior faculty members who are establishing an independent research program
    • Established investigators who are transitioning to a new phase of research (e.g., from basic to translational, translational to clinical)
    • Two or more established investigators from different disciplines who are proposing a new collaboration
  • Past Wright Foundation Pilot Grant awardees are NOT eligible to apply

Deadline:

  • Full Application: April 2019

Contact: Julie Carl (jcarl@med.usc.edu)
 
Website: https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/#wright
 
Past Solicitation: 2018 Wright Foundation RFP

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Zumberge Individual Award

Award:

  • Up to $30,000 for 1 year
  • Senior faculty who serves as a research mentor and carry out a set of activities in support of the awardee’s project will receive $2,000 to his/her own research account

Purpose:

  • The primary purpose of the Zumberge Individual Research Award program is to help our junior colleagues and new faculty launch their scholarly research careers. It does so by providing grants that assist faculty in developing sustained research programs or serve as a stepping stone to external funding agencies for faculty who do not already have significant sponsored research programs.
  • 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.

Eligibility:

  • Category One: Assistant Professors or New Faculty. To be eligible, faculty must be of the rank of Assistant Professor of any type (excluding visiting faculty) where research is a job expectation or a new faculty member of any rank or type (excluding visiting faculty), where research is a job expectation.
  • Category Two: Limited External Funding Opportunities. Faculty of any rank may apply (excluding visiting faculty), where research is a job expectation. To be eligible, faculty must clearly demonstrate that the proposed research is in areas where sponsored research from extramural government and philanthropic sources are minimal or do not exist.

Deadline:

  • Full Application: January 2019

Contact: Melody Tang (vprsch@usc.edu)
 
Website: https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/zumberge/
 
Past Solicitation: https://research.usc.edu/files/2011/05/FY17-18-Zumberge-Individual-FINAL.pdf

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Zumberge Interdisciplinary Award

Award:

  • Up to $85,000 for 1 year

Purpose:

  • 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.
  • To be considered for this award, applications must (a) plan to apply for an externally-funded grant specific to the proposed topic, (b) provide a realistic plan for sustained funding or support beyond the end of the award, and (c) demonstrate that a Zumberge award will make a difference in attracting further research support.
  • At least two separate schools within USC must be represented between the primary appointments of the PI and Co-PI. Applications should also specifically describe the involvement of other faculty (beyond the PI and Co-PI) who have agreed to participate in the project.

Eligibility:

  • Faculty Rank: Applicants must be permanent, full-time faculty at USC at the start of the award period. Applicants who are not currently permanent faculty, but expect to have a permanent appointment at the start of the award period, should include a brief letter from their department chair or dean indicating the pending appointment. Research faculty are eligible. Tenure track and non-tenure track faculty, with a research profile, are eligible. Individuals who are visiting faculty are not eligible to apply.
  • Each application must designate a team that includes one Principal Investigator (PI) and at least one co-Principal Investigator, who may be faculty of any rank or type (excluding visiting faculty).

Deadline:

  • Full Application: February 2019

Contact: Silvia da Costa (vprsch@usc.edu) / 213-740-6709
 
Website: https://research.usc.edu/for-investigators/funding/usc/zumberge/
 
Past Solicitation: https://research.usc.edu/files/2018/01/FY17-18-Zumberge-Interdisciplinary.pdf

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Revised 10/3/18
 
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