OSRAA’s internal deadline for the NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program is due 7 October 2020.

Research office guidelines: https://research.oregonstate.edu/program/major-research-instrumentation-nsf-mri

ECOS posting: https://internal.science.oregonstate.edu/funding/major-research-instrumentation-nsf-mri-0

Any MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition or development of a research instrument.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,000 and less than $1,000,000. (no more than two)
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000. (no more than one)

Note: The 30% cost-sharing requirement applies to only the portion of the total project cost budgeted to non-exempt organizations, including those participating through sub-awards. When required, cost-sharing must be precisely 30%. Cost-sharing is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from cost-sharing and cannot provide it. National Science Board policy is that voluntarily committed cost sharing is prohibited. See section V.B. for specific information on cost-sharing calculations and the solicitation text for definitions of organizational types used for the MRI program.

You are invited to nominate engaged, curious, problem-solving students to join Launch Academy, a course for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have ideas for services, products or community change. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,500 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, networking, and other resources. Tuition scholarships are available. Nominate students here and contact michelle.marie@oregonstate.edu with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Hi – As the librarian for your department, I have a few library-related items to share with you.  I know this fall (and probably the whole year) will be quite different, but I am happy to meet via Zoom with you or your students to talk through any questions you may have (and email always works too).

Library Orientation for New Grad Students – Your fall new graduate student orientations likely look a little different from other years. I know I won’t be able to visit your orientations in person, but the library has short videos covering tips and information about essential library services that you could share with your new graduate students. The videos can be found on this New Graduate Student Virtual Orientation website. Videos cover:

  • Graduate student services and spaces in the library
  • How to register for and use interlibrary loan
  • How to set up Google Scholar to communicate with OSU Libraries collections
  • A virtual tour of the library.

Course Reserves – Please submit your course reserve requests ASAP before classes start to ensure course materials are available for your students when term begins. Please use the reserve request form (http://library.oregonstate.edu/reserves/request), and send any questions to valley.reserves@oregonstate.edu.  To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, OSU Libraries is continuing to provide scans of course reserve materials. The COVID-19 library guide has additional information.

Ebooks – Access to ebooks is increasingly helpful during COVID-19. Our ebook license rights vary from vendor to vendor in terms of how many users can access the book and whether or not users can download the book to their own device. If you plan to use ebooks in your classes, you can explore the rights for the book you’re interested in by searching for the book in 1Search and then opening the book up to see what the download rules are (these rules are often found on the left side of the page). If you’re confused about an ebook’s access options, feel free to ask me.

Library Building Access – As you may have heard, access to the Valley Library building will be restricted primarily to the main (second) floor for most of fall term. And our hours will be shorter than usual (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). We will continue offering electronic delivery of articles through interlibrary loan and home delivery of books

Library Workshops – Library workshops on topics like Git, Zotero, Researching the Literature Review, and EndNote will be held online via Zoom this Fall (schedule coming soon). Feel free to attend yourself, or suggest to your students. I’m also happy to lead workshops via Zoom specifically for your lab groups or classes. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Take care,


Diana Park

Science Librarian

Oregon State University Libraries & Press

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Remote availability: Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm (PDT)

The Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation is now soliciting applications for the scholarships to be given in 2021. (Of course, applications are always accepted, but they are actively solicited throughout the fall and winter, with a deadline of Feb 15.) We expect to be giving four scholarships this year, with the possibility of a fifth depending on fundraising.  We anticipate that one scholarship will be for an early undergraduate, with preference for a community college student; a second will be for another undergraduate, likely a junior or senior but not restricted to that; a third will be for an early grad student, first or second year; and the fourth will be unrestricted (but, if history is any guide, will likely go to a late grad student). If you know any top students studying renewable energy, in any sense, in Oregon or Washington, please encourage them to apply. All information is on our website, www.resf-pnw.org. 

OSU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) will take place on September 14th-15th in a virtual format. SURS is an annual showcase for OSU undergraduates to present their research and creative projects to the OSU community. Undergraduates from all academic disciplines, in all years of study, and all stages of research or creative work will be presenting.

Each presenter will post a 3-minute lightning talk about their work on a central Canvas page where the symposium will be hosted. In addition, four students will be delivering 10-minute, live plenary presentations via Zoom. To ensure that you have full access to the Canvas site, you must RSVP to attend this event. Once you RSVP, you will be able to view presenters’ recordings, ask questions, and engage in dialogue via the Canvas discussion board function.

Please RSVP here to attend SURS 2020!

Those who RSVP will be added to the Canvas course the morning of September 14th. Please check your email or log in to Canvas to accept the invitation. Event details are available here.

Mark your calendars to join us for this exciting opportunity to celebrate undergraduate excellence at OSU!