Submission Guidelines

The University of Southern California and Buck Institute Nathan Shock Center is accepting applications for Pilot Research Projects and Vouchers for Core Services in the biology of aging.

Core Vouchers are available for a single assay/technology service.
Pilot Projects provide larger support and typically utilize multiple assays or core services.

Applicants should visit for a list of available assays, technologies, and services.

Prior consultation with core directors is required.

Applications from outside the University of Southern California and the Buck Institute are strongly encouraged. Priority will be given to junior faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply for Pilot Projects. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows cannot serve as Principal Investigators for pilot projects but may receive vouchers for core services with support of a faculty sponsor.

Applications are due by January 22, 2021 for funding in 2021.

Submit a Proposal

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    Accepted file types: pdf, xls, xlsx.
    Accepted file types: pdf, xls, xlsx

Applications must include:


Proposal Face Page (1 page maximum) — Containing the following information:

1.a. Proposal title
1.b. PI/PIs -- name, degree, position, department/unit
1.c. Other Key personnel — name, degree, position, department/unit
1.d. Proposal Abstract (30 lines maximum)

Proposal Approach (1 page maximum)

2.a. Specific Aims
2.b. Research project


(PI/PIs and Key personnel)


(1 page maximum of relevant bibliographic references)

Completed project description pages

if required by specific Cores (e.g. Genomic Translation Across Species Core) available at