ASPIRE: Advanced Support Programs for Innovative Research Excellence funding program
The ASPIRE program offers USC faculty an opportunity to compete for funding in three primary tracks, each designed to bolster research excellence at the university. ASPIRE-I funding is designed to support faculty seeking to develop a new research project for which they ultimately plan to seek external funding. Track II is intended to encourage interdisciplinary, collaborative research among at least three faculty representing a minimum of two USC colleges or schools. ASPIRE III funding supports the procurement of multi-user research equipment and/or facilities to enhance USC's research infrastructure.