Funding refers to the capital necessary to finance a product from the concept development stage through R&D, clinical trials, manufacturing, and commercialization.

CTIP works closely with CHLA’s Office of Sponsored Programs and its Foundation to identify relevant external funding opportunities for projects, including funding through the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, private industry, and foundations. You can access a number of internal funding resources for clinical and translational projects to help transfer your inventions to industry and/or to create startups based on your technology. USC and CHLA internal funding sources total over $3 million annually.

CTIP Funding Resources

  • USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program - The Coulter program supports and funds translational research centered on the practical clinical application of research results. Awards up to $25,000 are available through the Coulter Seed Program to provide seed money to create new projects, develop projects to a more advanced stage, and/or de-risk projects. The Pilot Program funds up to $100,000 for a critical feasibility study to de-risk the technology. Directed by Christine Matheson (CTIP Steering Committee)

  • Southern California CTSI Pilot Program - The SC CTSI Pilot Program awards $1.2 million annually to accelerate translation of basic, clinical, or population findings into clinical or community health applications. Twice a year in Spring and Fall, individual awards up to $50k are made available across 15 different funding opportunities to support all aspects of translational research—from basic to clinical to community-based translation and includes career development and multi-disciplinary team building. 

  • USC Viterbi Innovation Fund and the Zumberge Faculty and Research Innovation Fund - Each awards up to $50,000 per project to support cooperative efforts between multiple faculty across different schools and disciplines, including medicine and engineering, to build durable collaborative research teams and secure external funding. 

  • Ming Hsieh Institute for Research of Engineering-Medicine Fund - This fund awards up to $80,000/project to proposals that initiate nanomedicine research projects showing exceptional promise for translation into human clinical trials for treatment of cancer.

  • Donald E. & Delia Baxter Foundation Faculty Scholar Program - The Scholar Program provides seed funding to help prepare and support young investigators at the Assistant Professor level as they start up their independent laboratories. Historically, individual research projects have been funded in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 per project.

  • Robert E. and May R. Wright Foundation Awards - This foundation supports innovative Keck School of Medicine faculty projects that are interdisciplinary or have translational potential in the areas of arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. Approximately 6-8 individual research projects have been funded in the range of $50,000 to $100,000.