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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, August 24, 2023

Excel Funding for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Enters a Second Year of Funding Faculty Projects

Applications are open for faculty project proposals for up to $18,000 in Excel funding for research. This program seeks to elevate and amplify the impactful work that our liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences faculty are engaging in at USC. Applications are due October 24, 2023. Read more about this funding opportunity here.


Possible Government Shutdown Later This Year May Affect Federal Research Funding Agencies

USC’s partners at Lewis-Burke Associates, a full-service government relations firm in Washington, D.C., have advised the university of a possible government shutdown later this year. This shutdown, which might occur in the fall/winter months of 2023, would affect federal research funding agencies. In the event of a shutdown, funding agency staff will likely be unable to communicate with grantees. So, USC researchers with federal funding are encouraged to reach out to program officers now, to address pending award actions or other considerations before any disruption occurs.


Attention Researchers: eIRB system to undergo upgrade on Saturday, August 26

An update to the eIRB application system used to manage the USC Institutional Review Board’s review process will be applied on Saturday, August 26, 2023. This update will bring new functionality and features to improve the system. Educational materials for eIRB users are available in video and pdf formats. Users will be unable to log into eIRB on Saturday, August 26, while it is brought down for maintenance. The upgrade is expected to require no less than 12 hours of downtime.


Research Data Analysis and Statistics Assistants – New Service

Beginning the week of August 28, University Libraries is pleased to offer in-person project assistance with exploratory data analysis, statistics, and related software. Learn more about this new service  and make an appointment here or contact the Libraries at with questions.


Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund Now Accepting Proposals

The offices of the Vice President of Research and the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, are now accepting proposals for funding through the 2023 Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund (RJERF). By empowering our world-class faculty to better understand the ways race, racism and racial prejudice function in society and make substantive advancements for racial equity, USC aims to promote real and lasting racial justice in our local community, state and nation. USC faculty in all disciplines, working on all system campuses are eligible to submit proposals in response to the 2023 RJERF Call for Proposals. Complete proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2023.


24 August 2023

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