The University of Southern California is one of a small number of premier research institutions on which the nation depends for a steady stream of new knowledge, art and technology. USC has over $528 million in annual research expenditures, and receives over $410 million per year in sponsored research funding. In 2006, we ranked 20th among all American universities, and 13th among private American universities, in federal research support.
USC is rapidly expanding its research activity through a strategy that emphasizes collaboration across multiple disciplines and meeting societal needs, such as:
* Preventing, detecting and curing diseases prior to causing human harm.
* Capturing and distributing energy supplies that are environmentally benign, economical and long-lasting.
* Securing the nation and the world against the risk of both natural disasters and intentional acts of terrorism
* Enhancing cross-cultural understanding and cooperation through communication among civic, religious, ethnic, and community institutions.
* Creating the means to educate both our children and adults for a deeper understanding of science and math, languages and cultures, leadership, and justice.
Students at all levels are provided opportunities to participate in research projects and other creative endeavors, and to interact with a faculty that is distinguished for the impact of its research.
The University of Southern California has also established the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation to support our students and faculty in the translation of inventions and discoveries into practice, so that we are not only at the forefront of creative research, we are also making a meaningful difference in the health and welfare of society. Through this strategy and others, USC has become one of the most influential and productive research universities in the world.
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