Department of Contracts and Grants

The Department of Contracts and Grants (DCG) supports USC’s investigators from proposal development to award closeout, ensuring that our grants and contracts are consistent with university standards for academic freedom, research ethics and fiscal responsibility. The Department of Contracts and Grants:
  • Reviews, approves and submits proposals to extramural sponsors
  • Negotiates and accepts awards on behalf of the University
  • Executes subcontracts
  • Coordinates pre-award and post-award actions
  • Develops and maintains positive sponsor relationships
  • Ensures institutional compliance with Federal and State regulations, sponsor policy and University policy
  • Determines how agreements for research services will be processed

In light of these responsibilities, DCG has created a Feedback Form that allows faculty, research administrators, and other support staff to provide anonymous feedback regarding the quality of their interactions with DCG Staff.

Getting Started

Research administration regarding pre-award and post-award management, and procedures and forms
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DCG’s training materials created to assist the research community with USC’s proposal development, routing, and submission systems
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The Department of Contracts and Grants staff directory and contact information
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DCG NewsFlash

Stay up-to-date on issues related to Research Administration
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DCG NewsFlash

Updated Fringe Benefit Rates

Announcement: The University has received updated federal and non-federal post-doc fringe benefit rates (highlighted below). Please begin using the new federal fringe rates in proposals to extramural sponsors as the new

New Office of Research Zumberge Seed Grant Program

Announcement: The Office of Research is proud to announce the launching of a new Zumberge grant program! The Zumberge Research Coordination & Team Building (RCTB) award provides opportunities to foster new collaborations between USC faculty,