USC Office of Compliance

Our Services

Our priority is to help the USC research community act as a responsible steward of federal and private research support. Our services include: 

  • Providing guidance and facilitating solutions regarding research administration and compliance issues.  
  • Tracking new federal and state laws and regulations that may impact the research community. 
  • Partnering with the research community to develop new policies and guidance in emerging areas of risk relevant to researchers and research administrators.
  • Offering education to assist researchers and administrators in following the rules and regulations related to the conduct and administration of research.
  • Promoting scientific integrity by providing education, guidance, and oversight on issues like conflict of interest and ethical behavior in the proposal, conduct, and reporting of research.
  • Monitoring and auditing research compliance activity in partnership with Audit Services.
  • Providing faculty and staff the ability to report concerns confidentially, and investigating as appropriate.

Specific areas of expertise include, among others:

  • Conflicts of Interest related to research
  • Sponsor-specific compliance requirements 
  • Scientific integrity issues, including scientific misconduct, data management, and authorship 
  • Export controls (including compliance with ITAR, EAR, and OFAC)
  • Regulations regarding financial management of sponsored research, such as effort reporting, charging of administrative and clerical salaries and other expenses, recharge centers, and issues involving Institutional Base Salary
  • Research ethics training requirements and offerings


When Might You Call?

We are available to address concerns that may arise related to the conduct and/or administration of your research. We provide answers to questions like:

  • I have a consulting relationship with an outside company.  Does my consulting relationship create a conflict of interest with research I am performing at USC?
  • A sponsor has informed me that it will not let me share my research results unless I obtain its approval first. What should I do?
  • I am a principal investigator and have been unable to replicate results obtained by a former post-doc in my lab. I plan to publish an article on my research and I don’t know what to do.  Can you help?
  • What resources exist at USC to assist me in educating myself and my staff regarding the fiscal management of grant funds?
  • Can I send a software prototype to a research collaborator outside the United States?