Funding Facts & Figures

More than $275 million in annual sponsored program awards

Research priorities include cancer, genetics, neuroscience, preventive medicine, stem cell/regenerative medicine, bioengineering, diabetes and obesity.


Funding Highlights

NIH Grants

We are among the top 10 recipients of NIH grants, which totaled $134 million in 2014, an increase of 12 percent over FY13.

Preventive Medicine

Our Preventive Medicine program is among the top five institutions in the country in terms of research funding.


Major Funders


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Keck School of Medicine ranks among the top 35 medical schools in the United States in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In fact, the Keck School receives more than 60 percent of its research funding from competitive NIH grants. NIH and other federal support–combined with the generous support of foundations and individuals–allow faculty research projects to grow and prosper.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Funding supports many efforts at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, a leader in cancer research, with investigators studying the complex origins and progression of cancer, developing prevention strategies and searching for cures. USC Norris is designated by the National Cancer Institute as one of the nation’s 41 comprehensive cancer centers.

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)

The Institute supports and advances stem cell research and regenerative medicine under the highest ethical and medical standards for the discovery and development of cures, therapies, diagnostics and research technologies to relieve human suffering from chronic disease and injury. More than $35 million in grants support projects at the Keck School including stem cell-based treatment strategy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), repair and regeneration of the nephron and the CIRM Stem Cell Biology Training Program.