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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, April 25, 2024

Thank you for coming to Discover USC 2024!

We are so grateful to everyone who participated, especially the presenters, mentors, reviewers and volunteers who made Discover USC 2024 possible! Friday’s showcase drew a record-breaking 2,750 attendees whose undeniable enthusiasm for research and positive supporting energy was apparent throughout the event. The Office of the Vice President for Research thanks you for your part in making the USC research community a vibrant and uplifting environment for scholars at every level of their discipline. Get ready for the next Discover USC on April 25, 2025!

Students pose for a selfie with Cocky in front of their poster presentation at Discover USC 2024
Presenters pose for a selfie with Cocky in front of their poster presentation at Discover USC 2024.

The 2024-2025 Propel program is now accepting applications

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now accepting 2024-2025 Propel applications. 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.


Anticipate changes to the NIH and NSF grant process in 2024

Application and peer review processes for NIH and NFS grant funding will be implementing anticipated changes soon. To ensure researchers are well prepared for these changes, the Office of the Vice President for Research will be offering Q&A sessions and further information in the coming weeks. Researchers are encouraged check out the NSF website (some changes taking effect now) and the NIH blog (changes to policy occur in January 2025) for more information. 


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.


25 April 2024

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