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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, January 19, 2023

Faculty: Encourage your students to apply for the T35 Research Traineeship Program

The T35 Research Traineeship Program with the USC Big Data Health Science Center is an 11-week program designed for pre-doctoral students in physical and/or quantitative sciences to work alongside established clinical scientists on one or more big data health-related studies. Each trainee will be matched with a mentor, be involved in a specific research project, receive formal classroom training, participate in discussions on responsible conduct in research, participate in a specifically designed T35 seminar series presented by many of the T35 preceptors, attend journal groups and attend campus-wide activities of interest as part of their training experience. Trainees will also have opportunities to present their work and can receive a stipend of up to $2,068 each month for three months (up to $6,204). Eligibility requirements and other details are available on the program website.


Researchers and Research Administrators: Join specialized Office of Research email listservs

Want to be updated on all things research-related as they happen? Join a listserv offered by the Office of the Vice President of Research. With two options—the RESDEV listserv for researchers and the GRANT listserv for research administrators—these are the Office of Research’s primary communication tool to connect with our research community. Members of both listservs receive important emails regarding research developments, resources, opportunities and more, tailored to their unique role in our community. Visit the Office of Research and Grant Development website to sign up today.


Register now for University Libraries research workshops

Each semester, University Libraries hosts a variety of workshops for members of the USC community on research-related topics, including research data management, digital publishing and text analysis. Next week, University Libraries will host the first workshop of the semester on Research Data Management Basics, which will cover best practices for file management, documentation, storage, preservation and more. The workshop will take place virtually on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 10:50 am – 11:40 am ET. The event URL will be sent via registration confirmation email. Visit the University Libraries workshops page to learn more and sign up for these exciting workshops.


Join the NCFDD 14-Day Writing Challenge

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is hosting another 14-Day Writing Challenge to help researchers jumpstart their writing or other scholarly project in just 30 minutes per weekday, over two weeks from February 20 to March 5, 2023. Through the program, participants will time and track their daily, 30-minute writing sessions using the NCFDD’s WriteNow software platform, enjoy group accountability and camaraderie, be grouped with other participants to share comments and encouragement with a like-minded community of writers, interact with the entire writing challenge community through a dedicated chat room, receive optional daily emails with writing tips, motivational concepts and additional resources and interact with an AI comment bot to get a daily shot of motivation when they need it most. Register and learn more on the NCFDD’s Writing Challenge program website.


USC faculty: Nominate your colleagues for the Exceptional Research Service Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now accepting nominations for the research awards program, the Exceptional Research Service Awards. This program, consisting of three distinct honors, is designed to recognize outstanding research support staff who provide top-notch service to USC’s faculty and student researchers every day. With award categories for research administrators and technical research staff, the Exceptional Research Service Awards will provide recognition and an honorarium for deserving professionals. Nominations are due by Monday, February 6, at 5:00 p.m. Check out the program page for more details on how to submit nominations.


Changes to the 2023 ASPIRE Request for Proposals

The Office of the Vice President for Research has made several notable changes to the 2023 Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) program Request for Proposals (RFP). This year’s ASPIRE program will emphasize support for early-career investigators who intend to pursue extramural funding, and will not offer the traditional ASPIRE funding tracks. Applications for ASPIRE 2023 funding are due on Thursday, February 16, by 5:00 p.m. For complete details, please check out the 2023 ASPIRE announcement on the Office of the VPR website.


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