The Office of the Dean, in collaboration with departments and institutes of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has announced two funding programs for FY18 that are designed to help Keck School faculty members obtain extramural research funding.

The Dean’s Pilot Funding Program targets full-time faculty members interested in launching a new research program or transitioning to a new area of research. Applicants should propose projects that will obtain preliminary data to support submission of new National Institutes of Health (NIH) R-series or other major research proposals. Letters of intent are optional and should be submitted to the Office of the Dean by Sept. 1 at Full applications are due Sept. 29 and are accessible at

The Keck School Bridge Funding Program targets principal investigators who have had significant extramural funding, in particular NIH or other federal funding, within the past two years; and who currently are not funded but remain potentially competitive. Proposals for Bridge Funding must come from the faculty member’s department chair, must include matching funds, and must emphasize how funds will be used to support a proposal to renew extramural funding. Proposals should be submitted to Janet Stoeckert, director of research administration, at

For more information about these funding opportunities, visit