Save the Date! Friday January 22, 2021 – 2 pm – 5 pm

University-Wide Ignite Research Colloquium – Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

2-5 pm Ignite sessions;

5-6 pm virtual reception

The afternoon consists of 4 sessions (~45 minutes per session) with presentations related to the following themes:

Innovative Approaches for a Planet in Crisis

Food Insecurity and Safety

Harnessing Big Data to Advance Health Sciences at OSU

Email invitations to participate with registration details will follow in December. 

Cause, Prevention, Management, and Treatment of Disease

NSF Virtual Grants Conference, to be held during the weeks of November 16 and November 30, 2020

Save the Date! Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the very first NSF Virtual Grants Conference, to be held during the weeks of November 16 and November 30, 2020.

This event is designed to give new faculty, researchers and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF staff will be providing up-to-date information about the proposal and award process, specific funding opportunities and answering attendee questions.

Registration will be free of charge and opens on Thursday, October 29 at 12 p.m. EST. Each conference session will have its own Zoom registration page. Please sign up only for sessions that you are able to attend. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event. We anticipate the sessions will reach capacity very quickly, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible. We will send an email reminder to our listserv on Wednesday, October 28.

In the meantime, please feel free to check for the most up-to-date information, and view recordings of sessions from last year’s event. You may also contact us via email at

University-Wide Ignite Research Colloquium – Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

The University-Wide Ignite Research Colloquium has been postponed. The planning committee will work to reschedule the event when appropriate and inform the OSU community.

You are invited to attend the University-Wide Ignite Research Colloquium – Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Friday, March 13, 2020, Horizon Room Memorial Union. 2 – 5 pm with a reception at 5 pm. Remarks by VPR Tumer at 2pm to kick off the colloquium, and by Provost Feser at 5pm to kick-off the reception.

Enjoy a fun, informal afternoon with colleagues from across the University.  The afternoon consists of 4 sessions (45 minutes each) with presentations related to these themes:  (See a fuller description below)

  • Innovative Approaches for a Planet in Crisis
  • Cause, Prevention, Management, and Treatment of Disease
  • Food Insecurity and Safety
  • Harnessing Big Data to Advance Health Sciences Research  

Each faculty member will be given two minutes (with up to two PowerPoint slides) to speak about his/her research passions and expertise to spark interdisciplinary conversations.  The concise, rapid-fire presentations are designed to “ignite” the audience about research ideas, stimulate thought, and promote collaborations.  This is a forum for faculty to meet each other in an informal venue.  A reception will follow.

Please RSVP by clicking on this link March Ignite Presenter RSVP as soon as possible but no later than Thursday, February 20th.  You only need to RSVP if you are planning on presenting.  Attendees do not need to register. Be prepared to provide the “Title of your presentation.’” We look forward to seeing you at the Ignite event and learning about your research. Marie, Mark, and Tuba

Description of Themes

Innovative Approaches for a Planet in Crisis This theme focuses on linking human health directly to the health of the earth’s natural systems and recognizes that ecology and the earth sciences are pillars of health sciences. Approaches call for reciprocal care of human health and the health of the plant. Topics can cover the intersection of climate change science (including earth and oceanic processes) and other environmental factors (including toxins, hazards, and natural disasters) and human health, from local to global scales. Biotechnology, health equity, and social and political processes are also consistent with this theme.

Cause, Prevention, Management, and Treatment of Disease – This theme takes full advantage of the diversity of expertise and cross-disciplinary rigor from faculty in the Colleges of Pharmacy, Public Health & Human Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Science, and others as well as the Linus Pauling Institute. Topics can include but are not limited to causes, biomarkers, models, predictors, and consequences of chronic, infectious, developmental, and hereditary diseases, the promotion of healthy behaviors to prevent diseases, treatment of diseases, discrimination in health care, health disparities, and translational research.

Food Insecurity and Safety  – This theme addresses complex, multi-faceted research topics including but are not limited to: chemical contaminants in food/diets; food processing/packaging alternatives and human health; applications of probiotics in food safety; community-engaged nutrition education; family and community food security; dietary factors and chronic disease risk; sustainable and equitable community food systems; challenges to maintaining sustainable marine ecosystems and delivering safe, healthy food to our growing population.

Harnessing Big Data to Advance Health Sciences Research This theme focuses on data science and leverages strengths in the biomedical sciences, data and computational sciences, and engineering. Big data fuels effective and innovative health solutions. New uses are being found for big data every day in practically every sector. As we move forward, innovators will need to leverage data in new ways to meet the complex needs of an increasingly technological world. Topics can include but are not limited to artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in health sciences, natural language processing, and GIScience applied to biomedical or environmental datasets, new methods for answering questions about the clinical effectiveness of medications, improvements in real-time data collection and measurement, advances in genetics and epigenomics research, the microbiome and its manipulation for treatment of disease, and use of unique large or multiple datasets to address population health issues. 

NSF 10 Big Ideas Programs

From the CISE NSF Directorate

Funding Opportunity: Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research

The FW-HTF: Core Research program aims to support convergent research to understand and develop the human-technology partnership, design new technologies to augment human performance, illuminate the emerging socio-technological landscape, understand the risks and benefits of new technologies, understand and influence the impact of artificial intelligence on workers and work, and foster lifelong and pervasive learning.

Proposal deadline: March 9, 2020

  • Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
    Convergence research is a means for solving vexing research problems addressing societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. Convergence research has two characteristics: (i) it is driven by a specific and compelling problem, and (ii) it features deep integration across disciplines.
    • Funding Opportunity: Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
      • The GCR program supports multi-disciplinary team research that crosses NSF directorate or division boundaries and is currently not supported by NSF programs and initiatives, including the other Big Ideas. 
      • The GCR program is hosting a webinar today (!), Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST to provide general information and answer questions about the upcoming funding opportunity. All interested researchers are welcome to join the webinar. Register here to receive joining instructions.
      • Proposal Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL)
    The URoL Big Idea aims to advance understanding of life across levels of organization and across scales of time and space. It also aims to develop research tools and infrastructure to approach ever more complex questions; to train the next generation of researchers to tackle questions that cross scales and disciplines; and to foster collaboration and convergent research in the life sciences.
  • Funding Opportunity: Microbiome Theory and Mechanisms (URoL:MTM)
    • The objective of the URoL:MTM program is to understand and establish the theory and mechanisms that govern the structure and function of microbiomes, a collection of microbes in a specific habitat/environment. Topics of interest could include development of new artificial intelligence approaches that can be constrained by mechanisms, models, and/or theories to reveal the underlying principles governing the microbiome and its association with a host or habitat, where applicable.
      • Letter of Intent: January 17, 2020
      • Full proposal deadline: March 2, 2020
    • Funding Opportunity: Epigenetics (URoL:Epigenetics)
      • The URoL:Epigenetics program supports the use of complementary, interdisciplinary approaches to investigate how epigenetic phenomena lead to emergent properties that explain the fundamental behavior of living systems. It encourages collaborations among computer and information science, biology, and engineering researchers to assimilate information on genomic data into causal, mechanistic, and/or predictive relationships (e.g., using machine learning tools) to explain and predict the characteristics of living systems.
        • Proposal deadline: Feb 6, 2020
  • Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)
    NNA seeks innovations in fundamental convergent research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences as well as engineering that address the interactions or connections between natural and built environments and social systems and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. Sensing and data analytics are critical to furthering this understanding.
    • Funding Opportunity: Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)
      • The NNA program invites proposals in two tracks: (i) research grants, which tackle convergent scientific and engineering challenges related to the rapidly changing Arctic; and (ii) planning grants, which develop convergence research team to tackle projects of larger scope in the future.
      • Proposal deadline: February 11, 2020
    NSF INCLUDES aims to transform education and career pathways to help broaden participation in science and engineering. Projects span a number of broadening participation activities from STEM engagement and preparatory experiences for students and other community members to educator training to new academic programs that expand access to STEM education.
    • Funding Opportunity: INCLUDES Planning Grants
      • INCLUDES Planning Grants are intended to build capacity in the community to undertake the activities necessary to establish future centers, alliances, or other large-scale networks to address a broadening participation challenge at scale.
      • Proposal deadline: July 13, 2020
  • Quantum Leap (QL)
    QL aims to stimulate innovation and accelerate development of new quantum-based technologies by answering fundamental questions relating to quantum entanglement, coherence, quantum systems engineering, algorithms, and quantum computing and communication architectures. 
    • Open Funding Opportunity: Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes (QLCI), Round II
      • The QLCI are large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects that aim to advance the frontiers of quantum information science and engineering. Research at these institutes will span the focus areas of quantum computation, quantum communication, quantum simulation, and/or quantum sensing. The institutes are expected to be foster multidisciplinary approaches to specific scientific, technological, and educational workforce development goals in these fields.
      • Letter of Intent: August 3, 2020
      • Preliminary proposal deadline: September 1, 2020
      • Full Proposal deadline: February 1, 2021

CISE actively participates in several other Big Ideas, such as Harnessing the Data Revolution and Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure. While FY 2020 funding opportunities for these Big Ideas have already passed, we encourage you to stay tuned for additional opportunities in the future.

Biomedical Research Core Facilities Awareness Day

PNW Center for Translational Environmental Health Research
and the

Oregon State University Research Office

Invites you to the Medical Research Core Facilities Awareness Day

November 25th 2019 | Pharmacy Building 305 | 3 – 5:30 PM

Researchers and students at Oregon State University have access to a multitude of specialized instruments and services that support a wide diversity of biomedical research. Learn about the available state-of-the art capabilities designed to support and stimulate research productivity.

Twelve facility core directors will present short informational presentations highlighting capabilities, applications, and access. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

Facility Cores

  • Mass Spectrometry Center | C. Maier
  • Chemical Exposure Core | K. Anderson
  • Electron Microscopy Facility | P. Eschbach 
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory | M. Ackermann 
  • Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Laboratory | R. Tanguay; L.Truong 
  • Keck Collaboratory for Plasma Spectrometry | A. Kent; C. Russo 
  • Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing | B. Tyler 
  • High Throughput Screening Services Lab | D. Nelson 
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility | P. Reardon
  • LPI Professional Services | R. van Breemen 
  • Integrated Health Sciences Facility | E. Ho
  • Electrophysiology Facility Core Kenton Hokanson

Contact Shawn Tucker at

Come see what you’ve been missing | All are welcome to attend

RO Faculty Orientation

  • Faculty Orientation Connecting Faculty to Research Resources.
  • Wednesday, October 23 from 9 am – Noon MU Horizon Room

Research Office Faculty Orientation RSVP

9:00 am – 9:35 am:  Arrival and welcome (Tuba Özkan-Haller, Staci Simonich, Brian Wall)

The focus is to highlight the resources with the Research Office
Identify research resources as a whole for the university
Engage and build relations with faculty with OSRAA

Introductions from the Key Research Offices

  • OSRAA  Office for Sponsored Research Award Administration Tuba Özkan-Haller
  • ORD       Office for Research Development-Tuba Özkan-Haller
  • ORI         Office of Research Integrity-Staci Simonich
  • OCCD     Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development- Brian Wall

9:40 – 10:45 Panel discussion

  • Belinda Batten – Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering
  • Peter Ruggiero – Professor and Interim Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
  • Greg Rorrer – Professor, Chemical Engineering and former NSF Program Director
  • Selina Heppell – Department Head of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Aaron Shonk – Senior Director of Development for Foundation Relations
  • Maude David – Asst. Professor Dept. of Microbiology, CAS & College of Science
  • Perry Hystad – Associate Professor, Spatial Health Lab, College of Public Health and Human Sciences
  • Christopher Nichols – Director of the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities

10:45 – 10:55 – small break

11:00 – Noon – Meet and Greet Café – This will be a “timed” rotation event – 10 minutes for each rotation.  

  1. Office for Sponsored Research Award Administration – Aedra McCarthy, Zach Gill
  2. Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development – Berry Treat, Karl Mundorff
  3. OSU Office of Foundation Relations – Aaron Shonk and Paul Dubois
  4. Office of Research Integrity – Lisa Leventhal, Cathleen Gal
  5. Diving and Small Boat Safety Officer –  Kevin Buch, Taylor Eaton
  6. College Pre-Award Staff – CARE Representatives- Liz Etherington, Robert Kokenyesi, Melora Park
  7. Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts – Sophie Pierszalowski, Associate Director of Undergraduate Research
  8. Broader Impact and Outreach for Grant Proposals – Susan Rowe, SueAnn Bottoms
  9. Research Data Services –  Data Management – Clara Llebot
  10. Oregon State Productions/OSU News and Research Communication– David Baker, Sean Nealon

Research Office Faculty Orientation RSVP

Discover Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Day.

On Tuesday, June 18, the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) is holding a Discover Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Day.   The OSU Research Office is hosting a Webcast of the live event in Covell Hall 117.  Topics and agenda are at

If there is a need, we are willing to be available for the 6:45 am-7:45 am PT session on Limits of Sensing and Sensors – please let us know.

Otherwise, we will start the day Tuesday, June 18th at 8am according to the attached schedule in Covell 117.

Attached schedule with times adjusted to Pacific Time.  OSU – Discover DARPA Defense Sciences Office flyer


100&Change MacArthur Foundation competition

100&Change –

Interesting Opportunity from the MacArthur Foundation – 100&Change  –

100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem.  Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. “We’re ready to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.”

Please review the 100&Change-Organization-Readiness-Tool

Email questions to

Connection Session on NSF’s Coasts and People Initiative

In response to an NSF Dear Colleague Letter recently published

on NSF’s “Coasts and People” initiative. 

Monday, May 13   3:30-5:00 pm

Hallie E. Ford Center, Bray Conference Room, HFC 115

with reception following



  • Give potential PIs a chance to understand expertise on campus across the various disciplines.
  • Provide the opportunity to hear from various groups through 2-minute “ignite” talks.
  • Enable networking and interactions across disciplines.

Further info:

  • The RSVP page contains a quick set of questions about the research expertise and approach of each potential participants.
  • This information will be made available to all participants ahead of the session to allow participants time to plan how they can best use the networking time during the reception.
  • Interested faculty are asked to fill out the information on the RSVP form even if you are not able to attend to allow for a complete database.