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Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship

Deadline: November 1, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: USC Associates

Description: The 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 for the USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship. Creativity in research may stem from a single brilliant idea or from a significant body of work that forms a coherent whole, and may have significant impact on a field of scholarship, at the interface of disciplines, or create viable new areas of scholarly activity.

Award: Two awards of $3,500 each will be presented at the Academic Honors Convocation in April, 2022.

Eligibility: Nominees must be full professors who have been at USC for a minimum of five years. Tenure track and nontenure track (NTT) full research professors are eligible. 

Deadline: 5 pm, Nov. 1, 2021

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Arts in Action Grants

Deadline: October 8, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: USC Visions and Voices

Description: USC Arts in Action plants seeds for positive social change by activating intensive arts projects between LA community partners, faculty, and students. Arts in Action supports and creates work that builds upon USC’s commitment to remedying society’s most intractable problems. Projects span a wide range of art forms to address systemic oppression and social issues including homelessness, mass incarceration, the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, climate change, educational inequity, and multiple forms of violence. Arts in Action projects are often participant-driven, challenging the separation between “artists” and “audiences.” The program prioritizes artwork that grows from a shared process, where the collaborative act of creating the work is a core part of the project’s impact and value. USC faculty and students working with community partners are invited to submit preliminary project proposals for Arts in Action 2022 for projects beginning no earlier than February 1, 2022. These grants will activate community-based projects that address social issues, bring people together, facilitate, dialogue, and create spaces to imagine and design future change. Given continuing uncertainty regarding in-person gatherings in 2022, projects should maintain contingency plans for executing their activities via online or physically distanced formats.

Award: Grant amounts range from $3,000 to $28,000.

Eligibility: Eligible disciplines include the visual arts and design, dramatic arts, cinematic and media arts, music, dance, and architecture. Projects involving multiple art forms are welcome and encouraged. Proposals that include at least one faculty member from one of USC’s six arts schools are encouraged and will be prioritized. Teams comprised of faculty/students from multiple USC schools are encouraged. Projects that centrally involve students are strongly encouraged. Project outputs should include at least one free public-sharing event, and projects should include at least one community partnership. Please see RFP for full guidelines.

Deadline: 5 pm, Oct. 8, 2021

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Strategic Directions for Research Award

Deadline: October 4, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: USC Office of Research

Description: The Strategic Directions for Research Award (SDRA) Program supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research that involves faculty groups from multiple USC schools. The goal of this competitive funding opportunity is to identify areas of USC interdisciplinary strengths that present opportunities for cross-school collaboration and sustainable future external funding. Faculty teams across USC are welcome to apply. Applying teams must show their qualifications, creativity, and ability to make USC a leader in a significant area of study, as well as the sustainability of the proposed research with external funding. 

Award: $150,000-300,000 for one year

Eligibility: Proposing PIs must be full-time tenure-track or non-tenure track faculty. Visiting and adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply. Proposing team must include at least two faculty members who hold primary appointments from two different USC schools and must include at least one assistant professor (tenure-track or non-tenure track). To encourage research sustainability, the teams are expected to provide specific external funding targets for continuing the research beyond the end of the award, including the funder, program name, and application/proposal submission dates. 

Deadline: 5 pm, October 4, 2021

Grant Urbanism USC

2021 USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Research Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2021 12:00 am

Source: USC Lusk Center for Real Estate

Description: The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate is pleased to announce the availability of research awards beginning in July 2021. The stipends are to facilitate high-quality research that will eventually be published in the leading scientific journals. The broad topics should be related to real estate and urban issues. The Lusk Center is especially interested in proposals that focus on housing and real estate finance, non-residential real estate, urban entrepreneurship, urban poverty and segregation, neighborhood change, and local taxes and housing regulation. Studies can focus on the U.S. or any other country.

Award: Up to $25,000 per faculty member and $15,000 per postdoc or Ph.D. student.

Eligibility: USC faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and Ph.D. students are eligible to apply.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

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USC Collaboration Fund

Deadline: April 5, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: USC Office of the Provost

Description: Supports research collaborations among faculty and students working on interdisciplinary societally-relevant research topics, such as pandemic-related topics, equity and inclusion, climate change, neuroscience, mindfulness and behavioral science, digital humanities, and climate change, among many others. The aim of these awards is not to fund specific research projects, but rather to support teams of faculty who aim to establish or foster a community of scholars at USC organized around a broad topic of shared interest. Proposals are sought that creatively overcome current pandemic limitations on travel and in-person meetings, proposing new and engaging ways to bring people together with activities that develop the impact of the collaborative group. Proposed activities should establish the foundation for members of the collaborative group to create new research projects as well as contribute to strengthening the individual research programs of its members and others as USC. Encouraged activities include an educational component, providing students an opportunity to not only participate but assist in the design and organization of events. See website for full RFP.

Award: Collaboration Fund Grants provide up to $30,000/year; awards will be made for a three-year period, subject to an annual progress review and activity plan, and continued availability of funding. At the end of three years, collaborations may reapply, on a competitive basis, for an additional three years of funding.  

Eligibility: Awards under this program are made through a competitive process, based on proposals submitted by a team of faculty investigators whose primary appointments are in different schools (at least two). The collaboration should engage a large number (normally 10 or more) of participating faculty. In addition to the representation from two schools at USC, team of faculty may include key collaborators from non-USC organizations or institutes with which the group will interact.

Deadline: 5 pm PT, April 5, 2021

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EMSI Research Funds

Source: USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute

Description: USC-Huntington EMSI provides research funds in support of advanced scholarship relating to the period from c. 1450 to c. 1850. USC faculty and graduate students interested in applying for EMSI research funds should submit a one-page proposal, a detailed budget, and one-page CV to

Award: unspecified

Eligibility: Open to USC faculty and graduate students whose work relates to the period from c. 1450 to c. 1850.

Deadline: rolling

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Zumberge Diversity & Inclusion Research Award

Deadline: February 22, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: University of Southern California

Description: Aimed at supporting research and scholarship that addresses critical gaps in knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion, or benefits diverse communities. To be considered for this award, applications must: (a) plan to apply for an externally-funded grant on an eligible 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 help attract further external research support. Research topics eligible for this program need to address diversity defined to include and not be limited to, characteristics such as national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, educational background, and family structures. While proposals from individual PIs are eligible, applicants proposing collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve faculty from multiple USC schools are encouraged.

Award: Up to $30,000 in pilot research support

Eligibility: Full-time tenure track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible. Visiting & adjunct faculty ineligible. Topics eligible for funding from the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute or the Ming Hsieh Institute or not eligible for Zumberge D&I Awards. Faculty who have previously received a Zumberge D&I Award as the PI are not eligible to apply; collaborating PIs on previous Zumberge D&I awards are eligible to apply. Applicants may not apply to the Zumberge Individual award program during the same award cycle. See website for more information.  

Deadline: 5 pm, Feb. 22, 2021

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Zumberge Interdisciplinary Research Award

Deadline: February 16, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: University of Southern California

Description: Provides seed funding for broad, collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve groups of faculty from multiple schools across USC. Successful proposals are led by faculty with strong records of previous research accomplishments. Interdisciplinary awards are intended 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 to a specific externally-funded grant, (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. 

Award: Small Research Grants provide up to $10,000 for projects lasting three months or less; Large Research Grants provide up to $85,000 for projects lasting up to one year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be permanent, full-time faculty at USC. Tenure track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible; visiting & adjunct faculty not eligible. Team must include one PI and at least one co-PI. At least two separate schools within USC must be represented between the PI and co-PI. PI must have record of sustained external funding over the past five years. PIs and co-PIs who received a Zumberge Interdisciplinary Award in 2019 or later are not eligible to apply for another award in the same category (Small or Large Research Grant). However, faculty may apply for a Large grant to support activity previously supported by a Small grant. Please see RFP for full eligibility information.

Deadline: 5 pm, Feb. 16, 2021 for Large grants; Small grant proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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USC School of Architecture Research in Architecture Grants (RiA)

Deadline: March 6, 2020 5:00 pm

The Research in Architecture program is designed to support impactful individual and group-based faculty research and creative work in all of the disciplinary and sub-disciplinary areas represented by the school’s academic programs; to encourage and strengthen our colleagues’ research/creative work activity and foster a community of researchers/scholars/designers across disciplines. The RiA will assist faculty in developing sustained research programs that serve as seed-funding for new ideas. This program also supports faculty whose research field has limited external funding opportunities, in an effort to make external funding proposals more competitive.