Hello Everyone,

Attached is my weekly update of funding opportunities that have been released this month.  Please forward along to those who may be interested and have them contact me if they have any questions.  Remind staff to contact me if they are interested in organizing brainstorming sessions over given opportunities.

Also as a reminder, a list of the upcoming Cayuse training sessions are below.  With exception of the Professional Development Days, all sessions will be held in RH 203 which is supplied with computers to make it an interactive training session.  Please share the information with your faculty and have them contact me if they are interested (as space is limited).

I do have several training sessions scheduled and will continue to offer more up through the calendar year –

  • Tuesday, April 10th from 1:30 – 3 PM
  • Wednesday, April 25th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Either Tuesday, May 1st or Wednesday May 2nd during the 2012 O&E Professional Development Days (specifics TBD)
  • Monday, May 14th from 2:00 – 3:30 PM

The research office has also been offering training sessions which have been posted in OSU Today.


Thank you,



Liz Etherington

Sponsored Research Program Administration

College of Agricultural Sciences

Oregon State University

138 Strand Agriculture Hall

Office: 541-737-3429

Cell: 541-740-0002



Borlaug Budget Template

USDA Request for Expressions of Interest-BULGARIA


Dear Cochran Stakeholder,

Attached is the second list of training opportunities from the Cochran Fellowship Program (a third list will be sent out shortly).  Through this solicitation we wish to identify colleges, universities, and other organizations interested in conducting training programs for foreign agricultural specialists.  It is anticipated that these training programs will be undertaken between June and November of 2012.  The attachment lists countries, training topics, and a brief training overview for each topic.

If you are interested in assisting Cochran with one or more of these training programs please contact Cochran regional staff listed below by COB May 9th and indicate which training(s) you are interested in.  Those expressing interest in specific training opportunities will be provided a detailed scope of work as well as instructions for submitting proposals.

Asia:  Avis Watts-Massenburg

Email:              avis.watts-massenburg@fas.usda.gov


Latin America/Caribbean:       Kelly March

Email:              Kelly.Shaw-March@fas.usda.gov


Africa & Middle East:  Marielsie Avila

Email:              Lindsey.itle@fas.usda.gov


Eastern Europe and Eurasia:  Desiree Thomas

Email:              Desiree.Thomas@fas.usda.gov

I have also attached our current program description and a complete staffing list.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest:  COB May 9, 2012


Extension Administration, in the Division of Outreach and Engagement, invites applications for a full-time, 12-month classified Administrative Program Assistant. Posting #0008715. This is an internal search and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closes May 4. This campus position is responsible for Extension Administration budget and finance functions, professional development and conference coordination, coordination of promotional items and activities to promote the organization, database and list management and general office duties.


College of Science Colleagues:

I am writing to let you know that we are about to launch the national search for Dean of the College of Science. Dr Larry Rodgers, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Executive Dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences, will chair the search committee. I plan to invite the other committee members next week, and then to finalize a contract with an executive search firm and advertise the position in May. The majority of the recruitment activity will occur in late spring and over the summer. You will receive search updates along the way. Our goal is to interview finalists on campus early during Fall term.

Your engagement in this process will be important. First, if there are individuals you wish to nominate for the dean position, please email the details to Gigi Bruce, Special Assistant to the Provost, at your convenience. Our search firm will not rely solely on your nominations for the position. They will actively recruit candidates on our behalf, but your nominees will receive serious consideration. Later in the process, you will be invited to meet with finalists when they visit campus and your evaluative comments will be important to the search committee and to me as we consider how well each of the candidates meet our expectations for the position.

If you have questions regarding the search at any time, please contact Larry Rodgers or my office.

Sabah Randhawa

Provost and Executive Vice President


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that they are now accepting nominations for The Gates Vaccine Innovation Award to celebrate and spur transformative ideas for achieving impact through immunization.

The Gates Foundation invites nominations of individuals or groups who have achieved significant improvements in the prevention, control, or elimination of vaccine preventable diseases through immunization.

Full Gates Vaccine Innovation Award description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/gates-vaccine-innovation-award

Gates Foundation Deadline: August 31, 2012

For related questions, contact Martha Coleman, Director of Principal Gifts for Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation at 541-737-6961 or Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is currently seeking letters of inquiry for its Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, Round 2. These grants are intended for exceptionally highly-qualified research groups interested in contributing to major advances in sanitation and hygiene in the developing world.

Full Gates Foundation, Reinvent the Toilet, Round 2 description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/watersanitationhygiene/Pages/rfloi-reinvent-the-toilet-challenge.aspx

Gates Foundation Deadline: May 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

For related questions, contact Martha Coleman, Director of Principal Gifts for Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation at 541-737-6961 or Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu.


Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the University Honors College (UHC).

This position is a 12-month, 1.0 FTE appointment. The Dean serves at the pleasure of the Provost. Salary is competitive, and the benefits package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance, retirement, and a new program of reduced tuition for dependents. This is an internal search, open only to current Oregon State University employees.



The Dean of the University Honors College is appointed by, and reports to, the Provost and Executive Vice President. The Dean is a member of the Provost’s Council, and works closely and cooperatively with other OSU deans, vice provosts, department heads, academic program leaders, and faculty.

Expectations for the Dean include:

  • sustaining and implementing a compelling vision for the UHC in the context of OSU’s Strategic Plan for the 21st Century
  • creating and sustaining an environment of academic and programmatic excellence
  • establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective linkages with OSU academic departments and colleges
  • managing human, funding, and other resources to optimize their effectiveness
  • providing effective leadership for the UHC unit that will foster success for faculty, staff, and students; facilitate interdepartmental and interdisciplinary programs and initiatives; and advance the UHC mission
  • establishing as a priority the commitment to a diverse and multicultural UHC unit and University
  • engaging a sustained and aggressive commitment to private, foundation, and corporate fund development working in partnership with faculty leaders and the OSU Foundation
  • maintaining a student-centered honors program that is accessible and welcoming to students

Required qualifications for the dean position include an earned doctorate, rank as Professor, and demonstrated:

  • administrative ability, including budget and financial management processes, public relations and fundraising, strategic planning, policy formation, personnel management, and supervision
  • successful academic leadership as reflected in building relationships, and developing academic and programmatic excellence that is student-centered and focuses on student success
  • commitment to advancing diversity, equity and community, with particular emphasis on underrepresented groups and multicultural competence
  • commitment to academic excellence with a strong focus on undergraduate education
  • ability to articulate and align people around a vision for the direction for the UHC that is responsive to institutional change and moves the institution forward
  • superior interpersonal and communication skills; ability to foster collaboration and teamwork; ability to work collegially; ability to inspire others to high levels of performance
  • ability to secure external programmatic and financial support
  • commitment to faculty governance, interdisciplinary programs, innovative teaching, and outreach
  • success in seeking out and applying entrepreneurial approaches to education
  • demonstrated commitment to UHC programs
  • current employment at Oregon State University




The University Honors College (UHC) serves the needs of motivated, high-achieving, and highly qualified students by providing an engaging and compelling educational experience. Students experience a small college environment with all the resources and opportunities of a leading research university. The UHC serves as a beacon to attract top-tier students to OSU and provides a reason for them to stay in Oregon. The UHC benefits all members of the University community as its students model the highest levels of academic achievement, thereby bringing luster to the entire University. The UHC impacts society as its graduates depart leadership-ready, prepared not just for a job, but also for a career.

Through partnerships with other academic units and campus groups, the UHC provides students with opportunities for academic growth, leadership development, and community engagement. As “dual citizens”, UHC students are also students in an academic major, which can be any major offered by OSU.  A thesis experience provides one-on-one interactions with leading faculty and culminates in a student’s contribution to the well of knowledge. Additional enrichment activities let students grow as inquisitive, mindful, and engaged citizens. Small, interactive classes, typically limited to 12 or 20 students, are taught by OSU’s top professors. Faculty members who teach Honors courses are encouraged to experiment with new educational practices and often cite Honors teaching as one of their most rewarding teaching experiences. Honors students earn the Honors Baccalaureate, OSU’s most prestigious undergraduate degree.

The UHC was established in 1995 by the Oregon State Board of Education. It is publicly funded and governed by the Honors College Council appointed by the OSU Faculty Senate. Two UHC students sit on the Council and participate in policy discussions.  The UHC is currently in year five of an eight-year plan to double the number of students enrolled.  About 820 students are expected to be enrolled in the fall of 2012. Applications to the UHC are at an all-time high and the quality of the applicants continues to increase.  Though only 3% of the students on campus, Honors students garner a disproportionate share of campus, state, and national awards and scholarships.  The future of the UHC is bright as more and more students discover the value of an Honors education.

UHC web site: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/



Applications must include 1) a letter of interest, including a statement of philosophy or vision for the Dean’s role, and addressing all of the qualifications for this position; 2) a current CV; and 3) contact information for five current references, including name, title, address, phone number and e-mail address. Strict confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without permission.

Materials should be submitted by May 7, 2012 to receive full consideration. Application materials should be submitted at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ (job posting 0008958).



Brenda McComb, Dean of the Graduate School

Chair, Dean of the University Honors College Search Committee



Gigi Bruce

Special Assistant to the Provost



The Research Office is requesting letters of intent from interested faculty for the NSF – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship – CIF21 (IGERT-CIF21) program.

Letter of intent submission deadline to the Research Office: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This is a new targeted opportunity for research communities to apply for a new track in NSF’s IGERT program as a mechanism to address the training and education needs in computational and data enabled science and engineering (CDS&E) and cyberinfrastructure research.

Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/integrative-graduate-edcuation-and-research-traineeship-program-cif21

NSF – IGERT-CIF21 program guidelines: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12555/nsf12555.htm

Letters of intent should be submitted electronically to Debbie Delmore, Incentive Programs, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.


Please join us for the F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Lecture!!

As the 2011 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award Recipient, microbiologist and Oregon State University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Stephen Giovannoni will be presenting a public lecture Ancient History: Microbial Origins and the Greening of the Earth on Monday, April 30th in the Austin Auditorium at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Conference Center

Looking forward to seeing you there. – Vince


Ancient History: Microbial Origins and the Greening of Earth

Presented by Dr. Stephen Giovannoni, 2011 Recipient, F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award


Austin Auditorium

LaSells Stewart Conference Center

875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, OR  97331


April 30, 2012

6:30-7:15 Dessert and Gathering

7:15pm – 8:30pm Lecture