NSF – IGERT Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letter of Intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/integrative-graduate-education-and-research-traineeship-nsf-igert-program. Research Office submission deadline: March 5. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu


NEW! Research Funding Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by Monday, March 5. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.


The Ben and Elaine Whiteley Endowment for Materials Research, established in 2007, provides support for materials research in the College of Science. In particular, it provides fellowship support for students to work full time during the Summer in a research laboratory, working on materials research related topics.

Application procedure

Students submit an application to the chair of the chemistry or physics department by March 15. The chairs of the chemistry and physics departments will select one or two recipients and announce the decision before March 31. Students should submit the following material:

• Personal statement: short statement of advocacy why you should be awarded a fellowship

• Curriculum Vitae

• Research proposal: short description of research plans for Summer

• Letter of support from adviser

• Copy of transcript

Previous recipients

Year       Recipient             Adviser  Work area

2011      Whitney Shepherd            Oksana Ostroverkhova    Organic semiconductors

2011      Adeniyi Adenuga               Vince Remcho    Carbon nanotubes

2010      Jason Francis      Janet Tate           Electronic materials

2010      Tosapol Maluangnont     Mike Lerner        Graphite chemistry





This is to inform you that there is a new link to the NSF – IGERT guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent  to the Research Office. The Incentive Programs web site has been upgraded.

Please forward this new link to faculty that may be interested in the NSF – IGERT program.


As a reminder letters of intent are due in the Research Office by Monday, March 5, 2012.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,


Debbie Delmore
Coordinator of Special Programs
Research Office
Oregon State University
A312 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR  97331-2140
Fax: 541-737-9041


Undergraduate of the Quarter - Winter 2012
Undergraduate of the Quarter – Winter 2012

Corey Wright is a senior undergraduate student in the Chemistry Department at Oregon State University and has been selected a Winter 2012 Chem Major of the Term.  Corey grew up in Dallas, OR on a small farm.  His interest in chemistry started during high school and he has had a long standing desire to become a medical doctor.  He hopes to enroll in medical school in Fall 2013.  Corey has excelled in his courses with his favorite chemistry classes to date being “Organic chemistry lab with Emile” and Quantum Theory with Professor Wei Kong.   This unusual combination of favorite courses likely contributed to his current research project which is a collaboration between emeritus faculty members Joe Nibler (a physical chemist) and Jim White (an organic chemist).   In his spare time, Corey likes to play soccer and music as well as interact with new international students.  He has been to Mozambique twice to do charitable work – once with an orphanage and once with street boys.  Corey feels he is blessed to have the education and opportunities he has had at OSU and we are honored to have such high achieving students amongst our ranks!

Please join the Institute for Natural Resources, Gail’s friends and colleagues as they celebrate her life.

Friday, February 24, 2012


LaSells Stewart Center – Construction and Engineering Hall

Gail Achterman, one of Oregon’s foremost experts in natural resources, environmental law and policy and transportation, died on Jan. 28, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. She was 62 years old. She had recently retired as director of the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University and as Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission. Gail was born in Portland on Aug. 1, 1949, to Walter and Patricia Achterman. She graduated from South Salem High and received her A.B. degree in economics with honors from Stanford University, where she was a three-sport athlete -basketball, track and swim-ming. Long after she graduated, the Stanford Athletic Department awarded a letter jacket to Gail and many other women in recognition of the role they played in women’s athletics. Gail went on to earn both her law degree and master’s degree in Natural Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan. She began her career working in Washington D.C. for the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior. In 1978, she returned to her beloved Oregon and joined the law firm that became Stoel Rives, LLP. As an associate and then a partner at Stoel Rives, she specialized in natural resource and environmental law, with a focus on public land law, natural resource acquisition, development and permitting. From 1987 to 1991, Gail worked as assistant to the governor of Oregon for natural resources. In 2000, she became the executive director of Deschutes Resources Conservancy in Bend. In 2003, she became director of the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University. After leaving INR in 2011, she started her legacy project, Willamette Strategies, with the goal of promoting a shared understanding and vision of our relationship to the Willamette Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family sug-gests contributions to the Japanese Garden Society of Portland, Hoyt Arboretum Friends, the Deschutes River Conservancy, the Oregon State University Foundation for the Institute for Natural Resources or the Gail Achterman Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.Excerpt from The Oregonian on published January 31, 2012

Gail Achterman

Defense Health Program

Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2012

The Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Defense Appropriations Act provides $50 million (M) to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). The vision of the PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries. The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address one of the FY12 congressionally directed topic areas with original ideas that foster new directions in basic science and translational research; novel product development leading to improved therapeutic or diagnostic tools; or clinical trials that address an immediate clinical need. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Congressionally Directed Topic Areas: The FY12 PRMRP will solicit research applications for the following 22 topics areas: Arthritis, Composite Tissue Transplantation, Dystonia, Drug Abuse, Epilepsy, Food Allergies, Fragile X Syndrome, Hereditary Angioedema, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Interstitial Cystitis, Listeria Vaccine for Infectious Disease, Lupus, Malaria, Nanomedicine for Drug Delivery Science, Neuroblastoma, Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disease, Paget’s Disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis, Scleroderma, Tinnitus, and Tuberculosis.

Military Relevance: Relevance to the health care needs of the military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries is a key feature of each FY12 PRMRP award mechanism.

The PRMRP is providing information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY 12 PRMRP program announcements and general application instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in February and March 2012. Application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

Clinical Trial

Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent) Supports the rapid implementation of clinical trials of novel interventions with the potential to have a significant impact on patient care in the topic area of interest Clinical trial is expected to be initiated within 12 months of award date Maximum of $2.2 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs) Maximum period of performance is 5 years

Discovery Award

All Investigators

Supports the exploration of a highly innovative new concept or untested theory Projects involving human subjects or specimens will not be supported unless they are exempt under Title 32, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 219, Section 101(b)(32 CFR 219.101[b]) Maximum of $125,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs) Maximum period of performance is 18 months

Investigator-Initiated Research

Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent) Supports research that will make an original and important contribution to the field of research or patient care in the topic area of interest Partnering Principal Investigator option available Clinical trials will not be funded Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only Maximum of $750,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs) Maximum period of performance is 3 years

Technology/Therapeutic Development

Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent) Supports the development of new diagnostics or therapies that have the potential to make a strong impact on patient care in the topic area of interest Product-oriented Device Drug Clinical guidance/guidelines Clinical trials will not be funded Maximum of $1.5 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs) Maximum period of performance is 3 years All applications must conform to the final program announcements and application instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov in late February or early March. A listing of all USAMRMC funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP eReceipt website (http://cdmrp.org) prior to the pre-application deadline (available when the Program Announcements are released in late February or early March). Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal, Grants.gov. Additional submission deadlines are not available until the program announcements are released.

Requests for email notification of the program announcements release may be sent to help@cdmrp.org. For more information about the PRMRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

If you would like to request a different recipient to these messages please reply back with the corrected information.


Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs





Photonics: Although iron pyrite, otherwise known as iron sulfide or fool’s gold, was tossed aside by miners more than a century ago, it may prove to be worth its weight in gold as a thin-film solar cell material. Researchers at Oregon State University have found that iron pyrite, which contains two of the most abundant elements on Earth, is an excellent absorber of solar energy and can be made into extremely thin layers. Unfortunately, the substantial heat required to create solar cells causes the pyrite to decompose. So the researchers tried an inverse design approach. “We identified the failure mechanism of pyrite, formulated a few design rules that preserved the favorable aspects of pyrite, and identified [iron silicon sulfide] and [iron germanium sulfide] as new absorber candidates,” said Douglas Keszler, coauthor of a paper published in Advanced Energy Materials. But much more work remains to be done. It could take at least 10 more years to fine-tune a marketable alternative to traditional solar cell materials.