In this issue of Oregon Research Quarterly: Message from the Vice President, award reports, updates from our research units.
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Oregon Research Quarterly – Fall 2016

Letter from the Vice President

Since arriving here in August, I’ve begun formulating a vision for research and innovation at the University of Oregon, one that will greatly accelerate the progress of science and creative scholarship, increase the amount of external funding, and connect our achievements to the things that matter to people of Oregon and the Nation.
That vision was brought into sharp focus by the historic Oct. 18 announcement of a $500 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight to launch the creation of a new $1 billion science campus.

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David Conover
Vice President for Research & Innovation,
(541) 346-2090


September and October 2016 Monthly Award Reports

Researchers at the University of Oregon received 55 new awards totaling more than $25 million in support of research activities during the months of September and October.

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View October Awards →

From Our Research Service Units

Research Development Services (RDS)

Assistant marketing professor Aparna Sundar was one of the 20 researchers to win the 2016 Faculty Research Award
VPRI sponsors 2017 Faculty Research Awards
The Vice President for Research and Innovation will once again sponsor Faculty Research Awards. The deadline for 2017 awards is 5 p.m. on Nov. 28. See the RDS Internal Funding Opportunities page for details and an application form.

Workshop Scheduled on NSF for Early Career Researchers
Research Development Services is offering a workshop session on Navigating the NSF for Early Career Researchers on Friday, Dec. 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. To register, please contact Research Development Services.

Research development as alternative career path for scientists
Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops will present a one-day seminar at the University of Oregon on March 2, 2017, on Writing Winning Grant Proposals for NSF and NIH. Stay tuned to the RDS website for more details.

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Innovation Partnership Services (IPS)

NemaMetrix was co-founded in 2011 by UO biologists Shawn Lockery and Janis Weeks, both of whom are also members of the UO's Institute of Neuroscience.
Innovation Impact
Last year, UO research contributed to $38.1 million in company income, and 261 start-up jobs while generating $9.1 million in licensing revenue, the majority of which was reinvested in the University and the State of Oregon.

UO Research Seeds Success
The Innovation Partnership Services team at UO has helped dozens of researchers turn their academic discoveries into new business ventures. NemaMetrix is one of these businesses. Developed from the research of Shawn Lockery and Janis Weeks of UO’s Institute of Neuroscience, the Eugene-based company now helps researchers create custom screening systems for genetics, drugs, and pathways within living organism models.
942 Olive on the Web
The UO-owned innovation space at 942 Olive St. in downtown Eugene houses the Tyler Invention Greenhouse, the Product Design Launch Lab, and the Eugene Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network. For more information, see 942 Olive’s new website.

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Sponsored Projects Services (SPS)

SPS Annual Report
The numbers are in and the FY2016 Sponsored Projects Services Annual Report has been posted online. The report summarizes grants, contracts and award activities for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2016.

Welcome Our New Sponsored Projects Administrator
Please join us in welcoming Jonathon Campbell as our new pre-award sponsored projects administrator.
Payroll Certification Module now online
SPS has launched an online EPCS Payroll Certification Module to replace the previous Activity Reporting System
Educational Session Calendar
All SPS Continuing Education events for FY17 are listed on the OVPRI calendar along with session information. 

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Research Compliance Services (RCS)

Supporting and Protecting University Interests
Research Compliance Services (RCS) supports and protects the interests of the University, faculty, staff, students and human research subjects in research compliance matters through guidance, education, and technical assistance.

Education and Outreach
UO’s Research Compliance Services (RCS) provides an ethics and compliance outreach program

Contact RCS at (541) 346-2510 or email us at for scheduling.

Fall 2016 RCS Office Hours
RCS has established regular office hours on the fifth floor of PeaceHealth North, 677 East 12th Ave. Office hours are:
  • Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
To learn more about scheduling meetings with our staff, please visit the RCS Education and Outreach page.

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Strategic Initiatives, Research and Innovation (SIRI)

A recently created UO fundraising team will focus on research, innovation and strategic initiatives. Reporting jointly to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and University Advancement, the Strategic Initiatives, Research and Innovation (SIRI) team is led by Matt Hutter, senior director of development, research, innovation and strategic initiatives. Hutter is also responsible for cultivating key corporate partners for the UO.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The first cohort of Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholars: (back row, from left to right) Manju Bangalore, Collin Hickmann, Alexia Smith, and N. Ian Rinehart; (front row, from left to right) Selina Robson, Kendra Walters, Victoria Stanfill, Anna Hickey; (not pictured: Brianna Stamas)

A Resource for UO's Community of Scholars
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a resource for the University of Oregon’s community of scholars.

Funding Opportunities Available for Winter Term
Students can start preparing applications now for the Mini-grant Program, Presidential Undergraduate Research Scholars, and the VPRI Undergraduate Fellowship. The UROP website has plenty of information for undergraduate students, including an extensive list of on-campus and external program opportunities.

Not Just Science
Research projects on everything from creative writing to exploring gender issues to international research are supported through UROP. Any student with a question, idea, or interest in getting started in research can visit the student section of the UROP website to learn more and find assistance.

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Parting Shot

The new High Performance Computing Facility joins the ranks of the University of Oregon core facilities. The new core facility meets the expanding needs of existing researchers, and will serve researchers in the new Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. It will also be a key educational resource for students, and provide a gateway for collaboration between UO researchers and the rest of Oregon and the world.


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