Have an idea that you think may have commercialization potential, but aren’t sure? Do you need $5,000 in funding to explore and test your assumption? Join this virtual one-hour Innovation Day info session hosted by the OSU Advantage office to learn how you can take advantage of the funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD). Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 30. Register here.

Write your science fiction exploring the future of urban pandemic resistance. The NSF-funded Pandemic-Resilient Cities research project has once again extended the deadline for its Science Fiction Writing Contest to Feb. 16. Four winning submissions will be awarded $500 each and publication in the campus literary magazine 45TH PARALLEL. Visit https://beav.es/q6S for contest guidelines.

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces a re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications from multi-disciplinary teams will be required to propose discovery science and use-inspired basic research that addresses priority research directions and opportunities identified by a series of BES workshop and roundtable reports. The focus of the EFRC program is on fundamental scientific research, therefore applications to this FOA must not propose applied research and technology development activities. BES is soliciting renewal applications for basic science in three topical areas: 1) Transformative manufacturing, 2) Quantum information science (QIS), and 3) Environmental management. BES is soliciting new applications for basic science in two topical areas: 1) Co-design of materials and processes to revolutionize microelectronics and/or QIS fabrication, and 2) Environmental management. DOE anticipates that award sizes will range from $2,000,000 per year to $4,000,000 per year  

This is a limited submission with only 2 applicants allowed from Oregon State University.  Interested Principal Investigators should submit a Notice of Intent in InfoReady hereby February 2, 2024.  Please share this information with teams with research interests in these areas.

The OSU Alumni Association presents several awards to outstanding Oregon Staters throughout the year. We need your help nominating Oregon Staters who have excelled in their field of study, been dedicated to serving Oregon State University or have served their community. We will be awarding the Alumni Fellows, Dan W. Poling Service Award, the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jean and C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award, the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award, the Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award as well as the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award in partnership with OSU Athletics. Please visit ForOregonState.org/BlackandOrangeAwards for nomination information. All nominations are due Feb. 23.

Once again, the Office of Faculty Affairs is providing matching funds for 8-10 faculty members to participate in the NCFDD Faculty Success Program. If you would like to nominate someone from your college for the Summer 2024 session (May 20 – July 28, 2024), please confirm their interest and availability to participate. Once confirmed, please submit the faculty member’s name, rank, and email address to me no later than March 7, 2024. They are offering a substantial discount of $1000 per seat for extra early registration, bringing the cost down to $4150 per participant (your cost $2075 per participant).

We will submit an institutionally sponsored registration form from our office (please do not register via the NCFDD website).



Sara Daly | Office of the Vice Provost | Faculty Affairs

Oregon State University | 541.737.0732 | sara.daly@oregonstate.edu

The next proposal submission window for the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) opens on Monday, February 12, 2024 and closes on Friday, March 8, 2024 (5:00 PM EST).  

Proposals must focus on fundamental petroleum research, including research related to petroleum-derived materials in one of ten specified subject matter areas. It is important to note that while the PRF Trust imposes restrictions, PRF currently funds various topics of interest in sustainability and green chemistry. These topics include new catalysts and the upgrading/utilization of methane and carbon dioxide. For more information on supported research areas or eligibility, interested individuals are encouraged to contact a PRF program officer or prfinfo@acs.org.

Grant programs are available for new professors starting their first tenure track position (DNI), as well as established tenured or tenure-track professors exploring a new research direction (ND) at doctoral degree granting departments. Separate grant programs exist for qualified professors in non-doctoral departments (UNI, UR). Departments of successful UR and UNI grant applications will be invited to apply for a competitive $25,000 supplement funds. Supplements aim to enhance research activities, capabilities, and engagement at the department.  Applications are made through a web-based portal, and additional information can be found at www.acsprf.org.

Proposals for the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) grants are submitted using the ORG Community Portal.  Access to the ORG Portal requires a registered ACS ID.  

To access online help for PRF application submission click on the following links:

Application Creation in the Portal

Proposal Submission Overview

If you have any questions or encounter problems related to portal access or functionality, please email the ORG team at prfsupport@acs.org.  

Oregon State University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students with disabilities. It is the university’s responsibility to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is excluded from participating in campus programs or activities and to reasonably accommodate where needed. Providing equal educational opportunity is an important and shared responsibility. Faculty and staff play a critical role in ensuring equal access.   Please refer to OSU’s policies related to disability, and the Disability Access Services (DAS) Faculty and Staff Guidelines for more in-depth information.   

Syllabus Statement DAS and Faculty Senate provide a model accommodation statement that must be included in all syllabi.  

Online Disability Access Services Instructor Training In addition to the OSU Critical Training for Promoting Equal Opportunity & Inclusion, DAS offers a concise (30-minute) self-paced online course about accommodations: Disability Access Services Faculty Training.   

Disability Access Services Instructor Online Portal  DAS has implemented an instructor online services portal (found on the right side of DAS’s website) to provide a single space for instructors to review all DAS-related accommodation notifications for students in their classes. The DAS Notification Letters will still be emailed, this is an additional way to access the information.  If you have any questions, connect with DAS either by Zoom drop-in from 10:30 AM -12:30 PM daily (PST), email disability.services@oregonstate.edu, or phone at 541-737-4098.  

Canvas and Remote Teaching Material Accessibility Courses created in Canvas, as well as electronic documents and media, need to be accessible for students with disabilities. Multiple OSU offices have developed resources on making materials accessible. Resources include: Canvas – Improving Accessibility in Your CourseAlly for Canvas, an accessibility checker and tool for Canvas; and Creating and Editing Captions in Kaltura and Zoom.  

Aira Visual Interpreting 
OSU has partnered with Aira, a company that provides 24-hour-a-day on-demand remote visual interpretation services for the blind and low-vision community. This new service is free for all OSU community members and visitors.  

ADA 31 Report and Disability Justice Framework Recently, an OSU task force completed an ADA 31 Report with 14 recommendations, one of which is “Encourage and support inclusive classroom and learning materials.” We encourage you to visit the ADA 31 website, learn more about the development of the OSU Disability Justice Framework, and visit the Office of Institutional Diversity’s education website to find opportunities to learn more.   

OSU’s Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability policy states: “…no qualified person shall, solely by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity provided by the University. Each qualified person shall receive the reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to employment, educational opportunities, programs and activities in the most integrated setting feasible.”   Thank you for your attention to understanding our obligations.   

Becky Bangs Executive Director, Equal Opportunity and Access   
Rick Settersten Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs  
Alix Gitelman Vice Provost, Academic Affairs & Senior Vice Provost 

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) invites proposals to advance marine and coastal studies. This opportunity is possible because of generous private contributions. Our program strives to create a healthy future for the ocean and the planet through interdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem-solving. We anticipate being able to fund several projects with awards of up to $5,000 each. Proposals due Jan. 19. For more information, visit our website. For questions, email marine.studies@oregonstate.edu