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

Potential Government Shutdown

Announcement: Negotiations continue as Congress works to pass a budget by the close of the federal fiscal year on September 30, 2023. If Congress fails to fund the budget, the US

NIH Subaward Requirements (Webinar)

Announcement: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced an upcoming online webinar on the topic of NIH Subaward Requirements (Domestic and Foreign). Join experts from the NIH Office of Policy for

Crash Course in NIH Grants Fundamentals

Announcement: Are you new to the world of NIH grants or looking for a refresher? The National Institutes of Health has curated a playlist of YouTube videos designed to provide an overview