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The Excellence in Collaboration Grant

The Excellence in Collaboration (EIC) Grant is designed to foster a culture of awareness, access and innovation within the College of Arts and Sciences and the Columbia Community. 


Through innovative research and sustainable programmatic efforts, the EIC grant positions the College of Arts and Sciences as a leader in strategic partnerships and collaboration, while cultivating a sense of belonging and value for all stakeholders. The types of projects accepted include those that stimulate sustainable culture-enhancing efforts within the college or support community-centered research for public impact.

Grant Submission

The following steps are required for eligibility considerations:  

  • Complete the EIC Grant Application Form.
  • Submit a one-page narrative that is authored, co-authored, or fully endorsed by the unit’s chair or director. (An endorsement is needed only if the primary applicant is not the unit's chair or director.
  • Previously awarded efforts have included:
    •  Bystander intervention training
    • An elementary school archaeological dig
    • The use of art to combat youth criminalization
  •  Grant funds may also cover:
    • Brochures and promotional materials
    • Consultant fees or speaker honorariums
    • Small equipment purchases related to program events, research, or teaching innovations

Application Deadline

Fall 2023 applications are due by October 27, 2023, by 11:59pm.  Award announcements will be made in November 2023.

Note:  All USC policies and procedures must be followed when spending the CAS EIC Grant funds, this includes purchasing regulations and use of A funds. These funds may not be used for any expense that is prohibited under university policies and procedures. 

EIC Grant Application Form

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