The John Templeton Foundation is hosting a funding initiative with the Sloan Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Simons Foundation for advancing fundamental physics. 


The program is intended to support high-risk and potentially high-return small-scale experimental projects aimed at new ambitious discoveries beyond the current frontier of fundamental physics.  “Small scale” refers to table-top size experiments or to ones that could fit in a typical university physics research lab.  Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to, tests of basic principles of quantum physics, tests of interaction laws and established symmetry principles, and searches for new particles.

The first deadline is a brief letter of intent emailed to Simons Foundation before October 31, 2022.

The period of performance is one to five years. They expect annual project budgets to fall between $300,000 and $1,000,000, although there is no specific funding level recommendation. The foundations expect to distribute a combined $20,000,000 over the five years of this program. 

Elizabeth Ocampo in the OSU Foundation would be delighted to help craft LOI submissions with anyone interested in that kind of support.




Bettye L.S. Maddux, PhD

Director of Research Development

College of Science

Oregon State University

Join the funding opportunity (ECOS, GP-ECOS) 



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We expanded our research administrative staff. Please use this email for your requests.

The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts  (Office of URSA) is excited to announce this year’s call for  faculty  submissions  for the 2022-2023 URSA Engage Program, which is designed to provide first- and second-year students, as well as transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU faculty mentor.  


The  faculty summary form can be found at this link or by visiting

Below is an overview of the URSA Engage Program. More detailed information about eligibility and deadlines can be found on  our website


  1. Faculty submit the mentor summary form by Friday, October 14, 2022 at 11:59pm. 
  2. The opportunities submitted by faculty will be posted on our website for students to view on October 17
  3. Students will read through mentor summaries and fill out a form that will be emailed to faculty mentors they are interested in working with.  
  4. Faculty and students will then discuss shared interests and whether they want to work together on a project either in-person or via Zoom. We encourage faculty to host group session(s) to chat with students prior to allowing them to apply.  
  5. Faculty will ultimately decide which student(s) they will allow to move forward with an application to the URSA Engage Program.
  6. Students who have secured a mentor will then apply to the URSA Engage Program. The Office of URSA will evaluate student applications and students will be notified of acceptances mid-January of 2023. 


Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate your partnership and willingness to mentor students early in their careers at OSU!  





Stephanie Ramos, MS 

Associate Director of Undergraduate Research  
Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts (URSA) 
Oregon State University 

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Pronouns: she, her, hers 

Join the OSU Advantage Office on Jan. 26 for a one-hour virtual event (offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon) that will describe 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 OSU Advantage. Register here.

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites applications for funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research or other opportunities that support PCOSW’s mission. Apply by Friday, Feb. 4. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application link. Questions? Contact

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grant funding to be awarded in May 2022. Projects that enhance the undergraduate experience, directly impact as many OSU students as possible and improve student retention are eligible. The applications are due by Monday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m. To apply visit Questions: Contact

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites applications for funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research or other opportunities that support PCOSW’s mission. Apply by Friday, Oct. 29. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application link. Questions? Contact

Learn about the Affordable Learning Grant

Funding to adapt, adopt or author an open textbook is now available through OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit. An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license and made available online to be freely used by students, faculty, and members of the public. Faculty teaching on-campus, online or hybrid courses who want to help students save money and create quality learning resources are eligible and invited to apply. All grant recipients will receive assistance from OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit in locating, adopting or authoring zero-cost course materials. The deadline for the proposal is Nov. 30. More information is available on the OERU opportunities webpage.

1.       Oct. 12 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

2.       Oct. 15 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

3.       Oct. 20 – 9-9:45 a.m. PT

Register »

Make your course materials more affordable

The next year will be challenging financially for our students. Many have lost their jobs or wages and will have a difficult time making ends meet. Consider moving from a commercial textbook to open educational resources (free and openly licensed course materials). Not only can you make learning more affordable for students, but you may also improve your drop and withdrawal rates by switching. In this workshop, we will look at why “going open” is important and how it gives you more flexibility to create custom course materials. Now is the time to make your course materials more affordable.

1.       Oct. 18 – 10-10:45 a.m. PT

2.       Oct. 29 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

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Creative Commons licensing

If you are sharing or want to share the learning materials you have created, you should include a Creative Commons license. This will tell others exactly what they can and cannot do with your work. Learn about the Creative Commons, how it works, how you can share your learning materials and make sure you receive the appropriate attribution. Learn how to find and use materials already under a CC license to enhance your class or course materials.

1.       Oct. 2 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

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Open pedagogy

Open pedagogy reconceives the notion of who creates knowledge and provides a pathway to empower students as creators. Shifting student work from “disposable” to “renewable” assignments allows students to learn and create beyond a grade. In this session, you will learn about open pedagogy and explore a process for designing “renewable” assignments.

1.       Oct. 9 – Noon-12:45 p.m. PT

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Sourcing imagesIn our visual culture, digital users rely on images to inform them and help them navigate. Where do you find compelling images that will engage your students without creating copyright headaches? This session will help you find openly licensed visuals online. We’ll discuss Creative Commons licenses; investigate sites such as Flickr and Pixabay; and explore how to upload, place, caption and link your images. 

1.       Oct. 12 – 11-11:45 a.m. PT

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OSU’s Affordable Learning Grant provides funding to adapt, adopt or author open educational resources, such as textbooks. An open textbook is licensed under an open copyright license and made freely available online for students, faculty and members of the public to use. Want to learn more? Join a workshop on the grant proposal process. For more information, contact Stefanie Buck

The Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation is now soliciting applications for the scholarships to be given in 2022.  Last year we increased the number of scholarships we gave from 4 to 7, and the amount of each from $1500 to $2000.  This year we again expect to give at least seven $2000 scholarships, more if fundraising permits.  There will be at least one for an early undergraduate (preferable community college), at least one other undergrad scholarship, one for an early grad student, one for a diversity candidate, one for a First Nations student.  All aspects of renewable energy, including social sciences and humanities as well as sustainability and grid issues, are fair game.  The deadline for applications is Feb 15, 2022, and details can be found on our website.  The reality is that most students do not apply until near the deadline, but it does not hurt to get them thinking about it now.  Please encourage your top students to apply!

Please feel free to pass this on to other faculty who might have students who are eligible.  If you received this from someone other than me, and you want to be on my notification list, please get in touch.

Thank you!


Dave Reingold, President

Each year, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit funds projects, up to $20,000 each, to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty in online education. Many OSU colleagues have had transformative experiences in the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. A recent Fellows study highlights the ways in which these projects have advanced research in online/hybrid education. Learn more and consider submitting an application beginning Sept. 8. Contact Naomi Aguiar, assistant director of research, with questions.