The Center plans to fund pilot projects for the 2024 grant year, each with direct cost support of $35,000 plus chargeback-free services from the Animal Core and Morphology Core (worth up to $7k). This funding will be supported in part by the matching cost-share of Keck School of Medicine at USC. The project period is from January 1 to December 31, with opportunity for renewal application.

Information on applications for 2024 has been announced. Please contact James Lee at for any inquiries.


  1. Junior faculty investigators (or senior postdocs in transition to junior faculty) without funding, who wish to develop independent research programs in the Center’s priority areas: how alcohol and risk factors sensitize the liver and pancreas for diseases; basic or translational research on development of new therapeutic and preventive modalities for cirrhosis, liver or pancreatic cancer;
  2. Investigators from other fields, who are interested in expanding research to alcoholic liver and pancreatic diseases (ALPD) and cirrhosis;
  3. Investigators who aim to develop new collaborative research on common and comparative mechanisms in both ALPD or new system biology projects on crosstalk among liver, pancreas, intestine, adipose, and brain within the context of alcohol effects.

LOI Instructions


  1. Proposed project title
  2. Your eligibility (see above)
  3. Project’s central hypothesis
  4. Brief description of specific aims

E-mail LOI to:

Hide Tsukamoto, D.V.M., Ph.D., FAASLD:

Southern California Research Center for Alcoholic Liver and Pancreatic Diseases
Keck School of Medicine of USC
1333 San Pablo Street, MMR-402,
Los Angeles, CA 90033

LOI submissions will be evaluated by the Pilot Project Committee. Applicants with approved LOIs are invited to submit a full proposal by October per application instructions to be e-mailed.

Please direct questions to Dr. Hidekazu Tsukamoto at