Funding Facts & Figures

More than $350 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

Keck School of Medicine ranked #31 among U.S. medical schools receiving NIH grants, which totaled more than $180 million in USC FY 2021 and $210 million in NIH FY 2021.

Major Funders

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Keck School of Medicine ranks among the top 31 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 50 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 52 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. CIRM has supported USC since its institute inception with 38 awards, awards totaling over $125 million. The current active awards of about $10 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.