The office of Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) provides comprehensive support services to USC investigators. Key support efforts include administering internal award programs, overseeing nominations for limited submission opportunities, managing shared resources through Priority Software FBS and facilitating faculty mentoring and training through the Center for Excellence in Research.
Funding Opportunities covers a diverse range of awards and grants programs across all our research areas, scholarship, and artistic and cultural expression. Proposals that engage and benefit marginalized communities by advancing local economic, physical, health, cultural or social outcomes are also encouraged.
Programs are administered by the Research Initiatives & Infrastructure (RII) office. Visit their website for more information. If you are submitting a grant proposal application, you must submit through the RII’s Grant Portal.
Limited Submissions are given by outside agencies or sponsors — federal, state or foundations — that USC can only submit a limited number of proposals. You must get approval from the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure office if you’d like to submit a proposal to a limited submission. Limited Submissions not listed in their database still require approval.
RII manages more than 70 shared resources that are available to researchers at USC. These include core facilities, equipment, tools, databases and services — anything that enables researchers to focus on their cutting-edge research and not logistics.
With dozens of resources under management, RII has an online tool to make it easy to find and schedule access to those resources.
Examples of Shared Resources
The Biostatistics Core assists researchers with the design and analysis of clinical and laboratory studies.
Services include: formulation of research questions, IRB and grant applications, sample size and power estimation, data management and forms development, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation and publication. The core also gives presentations on Biostatistics topics as well as on the use of Microsoft Access for data management.
The Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center pursues structural and functional brain imaging studies using state-of-the-art techniques, to contribute to the development of future brain imaging modalities and to disseminate knowledge about the brain, the mind and neuroimaging.
The Center for High-Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) comprises a diverse mix of computing and data resources. Equipment includes: two Linux clusters (the principal computing resource) as well as a central facility that provides more than 1.4 petabytes of combined disk storage and potential access to nearly a petabyte of tape storage.
Center for Excellence in Research
Finding and keep funding for research can be the grinding gears that keep you from discovery and innovation. With the Center of Excellence in Research, take workshops administered by the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) office, these courses are designed to provide faculty, research staff, postdocs, PhD students and graduate students across all fields of study with specialized skills and knowledge in seeking funding from government, foundation and corporate organizations, as well as a variety of other topics. Find a topic that works for you.