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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, August 31, 2023

Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund Deadline Coming Up

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). 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.


Open Access (OA) and Grant Applications

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a memo requiring federally funded research publications to be accessible to the public. Other funding groups, even private ones, have similar open access policies. If you are an OA grant researcher, the USC Libraries are a great resource for understanding OA policy. They even have made a comprehensive guide that is accessible digitally and acts as a guide to understanding OA policy for lots of different grants. For questions, please reach out to Amie Freeman at or Denise Koon at


Excel Funding for Arts and Sciences, 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 funding for faculty research in the liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Excel applications are due October 24, 2023. Read more about this funding opportunity here


2024 SPARC applications due November 14, 2023

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the application period for the 2024 SPARC graduate research grant program. 2024 SPARC grant applications are due by Tuesday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. Complete information about the application process, including all 2023-2024 SPARC application materials are available on the SPARC program page. All graduate students who apply for a SPARC grant must view an application workshop video prior to submitting their proposals. Visit the Office of the Vice President for Research website for complete application details and to view the workshop video.

University Libraries Data Visualization Resources and Support

Learning sessions through the Digital Research Services at the University Libraries cover general principles of data visualization as well as specific data viz tools (Excel, Tableau, and R) will be offered this Fall. Register here to join. The DataLab, located in the Thomas Cooper Library, makes three high-powered workstations available for data visualization and data analysis work. A full description of the space and available resources can be found here. View our information guide for more information about our data visualization services. Contact Glenn Bunton, Data Visualization Support Librarian, if you have any questions. 


31 August, 2023

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