The Stevens Center funds several grant and investment programs that are only available to USC researchers. In addition, we coordinate applications for a limited number of external research funding opportunities.

Please consult the lists below for information about these internal and external funding opportunities.

Internal Funding Opportunities Offered by the Stevens Center

Please visit the USC Research Awards page on the Office of Research and Innovation website to see more internal funding opportunities.

External Funding Opportunities Managed by the Stevens Center

Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) requests pre-proposals for biotherapeutic targets. The current submission deadline is June 28, 2021.

For more information, please email Jennifer Dyer or Donaldson Santos of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, or call (213) 821-5002. Interested researchers must contact Jennifer or Donaldson with their availability for a brief phone call with the Pfizer CTI Director to discuss proposed concepts prior to submissions. No proposal shall be submitted without prior discussion with the researcher, USC Stevens Center for Innovation, and Pfizer CTI.


Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation collaborations focus around joint drug discovery where the investigator brings the target, validation and knowhow, and together with Pfizer a joint drug discovery research plan is developed. Pfizer’s areas of interest are aligned with their current core research areas of:

  • Oncology
  • Inflammation & Immunology
  • Rare Diseases
  • Internal Medicine

Details are outlined in the Call for Proposals (PDF).

Please visit the Pfizer CTI website for additional information about the program.

The Stevens Center also distributes calls for proposals from corporations such as Sony, Samsung, and others. These funding opportunities are announced by email and posted on the Stevens Center website and social media accounts.