In this issue of Oregon Research Quarterly: letter from the Vice President, December award report, updates from our research units.
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Oregon Research Quarterly – Winter 2016

Letter from the Vice President

Happy New Year! Winter term is underway and research and innovation are front of mind for many of us on campus. We recently announced a trio of incentives to encourage proposal submissions from UO researchers. Additionally, we are continuing to offer programs such as our New Junior Faculty Research Award and developing new initiatives to inspire innovative interdisciplinary collaborations.

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Brad Shelton
Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation,
Vice Provost Budget & Planning
(541) 346-2090


December 2015 Monthly Award Report

Researchers at the University of Oregon received 35 new awards totaling more than $7.1 million in support of research activities in December 2015.

View December Awards →

From Our Research Units

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 

Inaugural recipients of UROP Mini-grant and HURF selected
Twenty-one UO undergraduate students have been selected as inaugural recipients of the UROP Mini-grant award and the Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship. 

VPRI Undergraduate Fellowship
Applications for the Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) Undergraduate Fellowship become available February 1, 2016.

PURS program now accepting applications
Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholars (PURS) program provides undergraduate students in the fields of chemistry, physics, geological sciences and mathematics with an opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a UO faculty mentor. Applications are now available and are being accepted through March 18, 2016.

Research skills training for undergraduates
The Enhanced Research Skills Certificate Program (ERSCP) has launched with workshops going through February 10th. The program consists of a series of five workshops that provide instruction and training in research skills beyond that which an undergraduate typically receives through the curriculum.

Research Development Services (RDS)

Orientation for new researchers scheduled for March 3rd
Research Development Services will host an orientation session for new researchers at the University of Oregon on March 3rd from 3:00 – 5:00. If you’d like to attend, please contact Research Development Services, at

Navigating NIH and NSF for Early Career Researchers to be held March 29
RDS is offering an information session for early career researchers interested in learning more about applying for grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation at 1:30 p.m. on March 29. The location is TBA.

Vice President for Research and Innovation announces FY 2016 Incentive Programs
Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation Brad Shelton has announced three incentive programs for researchers who submit applications and proposals between December 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Innovation Partnership Services (IPS)

IPS hires Associate Director

Innovation Partnership Services (IPS) is pleased to welcome Jim Deane as its new associate director. In his new role, Deane will oversee the IPS business development program for the sciences. He is responsible for a range of agreements in the sciences, including technology licensing, spin-outs, and inter-institutional agreements.

Deane comes to IPS with 12 years of experience working at four major research universities and a federal laboratory identifying, protecting, and licensing innovative technologies, and helping build new companies to commercialize them. He has worked with faculty and both in-house and outside counsel to identify over 500 inventions with high potential and define them for patent protection.

Sponsored Projects Services (SPS)

Quick Reference Card updated
The Quick Reference Card (QRC) serves as a UO reference and guidance document for preparing sponsored project proposal budgets by UO researchers requesting external funding. SPS updated the QRC as of January 21, 2016.

Departmental Grant Administrator (DGA) Certification module
SPS has launched a DGA Certification module on the SPS website. All DGAs are required complete this module by March 31, 2016.

PI Recertification due soon
It has been a year since the implementation of the Principal Investigator (PI) certification, so many PIs will be due to recertify in the next few months.

A few other items of interest...
  • The February training calendar is available on the SPS web site
  • The F&A rate agreement is still in process with DHHS, but the new rates will be available soon
  • SPS is working to fill the open Sponsored Projects Administrator position in Post Award. Look for the posting in the next few weeks!

Research Compliance Services (RCS)

RCS updates the Initial Review Application 
The Research Compliance Service (RCS) team is pleased to announce the launch of an updated Initial Review Application for proposed research involving human subjects. The prior version of the Initial IRB Application will be accepted through April 6, 2016. 

RCS announces new and improved website
RCS has updated its website in an effort to make it more user friendly for researchers. 

Congratulations to RCS staff who recently passed their CIP exam
RCS is proud to announce that Mary Hanabury and Christina Spicer have passed the Certified IRB Professional (CIP) examination. 

Research Core Facilities

RCB Business Manager to serve on WACD organizing committee
Research Core Business Services (RCB), the shared Business Service provider for 10 research core facilities at the University of Oregon, announces that Melodi Jayne, RCB Business Manager, has accepted a position on the Western Association of Core Directors (WACD) organizing committee. WACD is a chapter of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities whose aims are to create a regional group of professionals from research focused institutions who share an interest in innovative, cost effective high-throughput technologies and services. Jayne will help to plan the 6th annual conference for WACD in San Diego, CA this September.   

Parting Shot

Drosophila (fruit fly) embryos prior to nervous system development, expressing three transcription factors (proteins involved in the process of converting, or transcribing, DNA into RNA). The action of transcription factors allows for unique expression of each gene in different cell types and during development. Photo courtesy of Khoa Tran, Doe Lab.


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