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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, April 11, 2024

Discover USC 2024 is a week from tomorrow!

Get ready with us as we prepare for an incredible day of research scholarship on Friday, April 19!


The 2024-2025 Propel program is now accepting applications

The Office of the Vice President for Research will begin accepting 2024-2025 Propel applications on Tuesday, April 9. Complete application packages are due by Monday, July 1, 2024. The Propel Research Mentorship Program is designed to support faculty members who are new to the federal grants application process or have had success in securing relatively small grant awards, and are ready to apply for an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or a relatively large grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Program activities for the 2024-2025 Propel class will run from August 23, 2024 through May 2, 2025, and participants will submit their proposals no later than June 2025. 

Click here to read more and apply for Propel.


New open access agreement lets USC Columbia authors publish in Springer Nature journals at no cost

An agreement between the Carolina Consortium and Springer Nature gives USC Columbia corresponding authors the opportunity to publish articles in eligible Springer Nature journals free of charge. It’s one of a growing number of open access agreements made available by University Libraries. Open access publication is not only more affordable, it also allows scholars to make their work more discoverable and accessible to the global community. With more than 3,000 journals across a wide range of disciplines, Springer Nature is a leading publisher of academic research. Read more about this resource here


Need help with your data?

The University Libraries’ Research Data Analysis and Statistics Support Service is free and here to help you with: exploratory data analysis, statistical tests, SAS, SPSS, and NVivo. In-person and virtual appointments are available. Walk-ins are also welcome, although an appointment guarantees someone will be available to help you. To learn more and schedule an appointment, visit our service webpage


Research trainings 

The Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to offer a growing slate of training for USC faculty, staff and students, focusing on topics related to research and research administration. Each week, we will share our current offerings here, and provide complete information through our website. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance of the session to ensure a spot.

Current Offerings (April 2024):

Federal Portal Series: NSF Training Session

  • April 16, 2024, 2:00-3:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams (Online)
  • Register here

Federal Portal Series: NIH ASSIST Training Session

  • April 18, 2024, 2:00-3:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams (Online)
  • Register here



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