University of Southern California

Center for Religion & Civic Culture


The Center for Religion & Civic Culture is a resource on the USC campus that enables faculty to link their religion-related research projects to external funding sources. CRCC works with investigators to:

  • shape research ideas to attract USC and external funding
  • connect with funding agencies
  • prepare proposals and budgets
  • navigate the USC system to gain approval for external funding.

CRCC streamlines the grant and project management processes in order to make grant funded research projects easier to undertake and to complete successfully. When funding is awarded, CRCC:

  • manages the financial aspects of grants
  • assists with the human subjects approval process
  • produces events and conferences
  • manages publicity and external communications
  • processes paperwork for student workers and research assistants
  • provides consultations on best practices
  • brokers relationships with community, government, and academic resources
  • ensures compliance and reporting within the university and to granting agencies.

Examples of CRCC-managed projects:

  • Vern Bengtson, Transmission of Religion Across Generations, John Templeton Foundation, $877,000, two years. One year renewal, $250,000.
  • Lisa Bitel, international conference on "Religious Women in the Premodern World," Borchard Foundation, $30,000
  • Janet Hoskins, “Ethnic Resilience and Indigenous Religion: A Transnational Perspective on Vietnamese Immigrant Congregations in California," National Science Foundation, $135,000 over two years
  • Timur Kuran, The Institute for Economic Research on Civilizations, Metanexus Institute, $500,000, three years
  • Jon Miller, Internet Mission Photography Archive, Andrew Mellon Foundation, $305,000, two years
  • Cecil L. Murray, Passing the Mantle: Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute, James Irvine Foundation, $400,000, two years. In 2007, The James Irvine Foundation awarded a three-year grant renewal of $600,000 over three years.
  • Nancy Lutkehaus, Kristin Ferguson, et al., University-NGO Coalition Building Initiative, HED-USAID, $125,000, three years
  • Ara Oshagan, Building Community: The Ethiopians of Los Angeles, California Council for the Humanities, $7,500, one year
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