The goal of this Data Research Grant Program is for the USC Libraries to purchase research data on behalf of faculty and graduate students in order to provide campus-wide access to data and increase the libraries’ impact on data-driven research on campus.
USC faculty and graduate students are welcome to apply for a data research grant.
The Data Research Grants Program can be used to cover the one-time cost of a dataset or to subscribe to data for the first year. First consideration will be given to requests below $500. The library will negotiate the purchase and disburse the funds directly to the data vendor. Please consider the following when applying for a data-grant:
THIS PROGRAM IS TEMPORARILY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19 BUDGET CUTS. In the meantime, please contact Eimmy Solis, firstname.lastname@example.org with any data-related assistance.
October 31, 2019: First consideration of applications. Data requests will be evaluated and data grant recipients will be notified by Dec 13, 2019.
March 01, 2020: Second consideration of applications, if funds are still available. Data requests will be evaluated and data-grant recipients will be notified by March 31, 2020.
Spring 2020: Data-grant recipients will present on how they plan to use or have used their data and the impact of their research on the USC community. Light refreshments and food will be served.
Please note: Licensing datasets is a complicated and lengthy procedure. Access to the data will take some time depending on the vendor and the type of data.
Applicants will submit through an online form the following: a description of their research project, an account of the requested data, an explanation of why the data is important to their research, and how they discovered the data.
A select group of Librarians will review and select applications based on the potential impact of the data on the USC research community, data cost, and availability of funds.
Questions? Contact Eimmy Solis, Social Sciences Data Librarian, at email@example.com.
The Data Research Grant Program is an opportunity to comprehensively meet the USC Libraries Strategic Plan’s Theme 4, Goal A to “Apply unique library expertise and capacities to support the vision of USC as a leading private research university dedicated to the greater public good” by using cross-functional library and collection development expertise to resolve the funding challenges many USC researchers currently have to purchase data.