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Office of the Vice President for Research

    Weekly Research Update: Thursday, September 21, 2023

    The Arnold School of Public Health breaks funding record in 2023

    In fiscal year 2023, the Arnold School of Public Health set a new record for research funding, bringing in over $50 million dollars in extramural funding for research in health sciences. This accomplishment is a result of tireless work by faculty and leadership in the college-wide research programs. In fact, the Arnold School of Public Health inspired the now campus-wide Propel mentorship program, which leads early career faculty to craft strong grant proposals for NSF or NIH funding. This funding milestone correlates with high rates of publication and other successes, reflecting USC’s legacy of excellence as an R1 institution, and strong impact on the health of the Palmetto State. Read the full article here


    Review the Monthly New Grant Awards Report for August 2023

    Each month the Office of the Vice President for Research produces acomprehensive list of awards received by faculty throughout the preceding month. We are proud to share this list each month because it reflects the hard work of our faculty and their exemplary dedication to USC’s research community. For the August 2023 awards report, please visit our website


    Internal funding for undergraduates, faculty, and graduate students

    • Excel provides up to $18,000 in funding to faculty in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Applications are due Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
    • Magellan grants offer undergraduates up to $2,500 for faculty-mentored research. Applications are due by Wednesday, October 11, at 5:00 p.m.
    • SPARC applications are due Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. for graduate students seeking grants for their research. Visit the SPARC program page for information about the application process. 


    Become a reviewer for internal funding and awards programs 

    The Office of the Vice President for Research offers a comprehensive slate of internal funding and award programs for faculty, students and postdoctoral scholars. These annual programs provide recognition of outstanding work and unique opportunities for researchers at every level to take on scholarly projects that might be hard to fund through other methods. To keep these programs strong and successful, the Office of the Vice President for Research looks to faculty members throughout the USC System to serve as reviewers on the committees that guide selection of award and/or funding recipients. Interested faculty members are encouraged to sign up to serve on a review committee.


    Funding Opportunities through the Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) Program at the NSF

    A Program Director within the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Dr. Jason Borenstein, is offering a presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, October 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., hosted by Clemson University. This talk will cover the Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) Program at the National Science Foundation. Projects funded by ER2 use fundamental research to produce knowledge pertaining to responsible research practices and methods at all levels of research. The talk will cover a range of ethical categories for researchers in STEM fields. Please register ahead of time here


    Monetary Policy Strategy Talk – Darla Moore School of Business

    On Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30 p.m., Charles L. Evans, Former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will be on campus to deliver a talk on the durability of the 2020 revision to the Fed’s long-run monetary policy strategy. The talk will include a discussion period detailing the 2021 inflation period, LR strategy, and challenges for formulating central bank strategy in response to large-scale supply disruptions. Register for the free talk here


    21 September, 2023

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