Other Clusters

The following inactive Clusters of Excellence are not yet funded. Clusters are made active through philanthropic gifts. For more information on supporting the university's Clusters of Excellence, see the giving website.

Integrated Analysis of Biological Networks

The biological networks cluster builds on the University of Oregon’s record of accomplishments in furthering our understanding of the molecular basis of inheritance and its central role in development, neurobiology, evolution, and ecology. Researchers will apply advanced computational and mathematical approaches in fields as diverse as genomics, microbiology, and neuroscience to address fundamental questions about the nature of living systems, as well as creating novel solutions to improving human health.

Positions: Proposing five positions that bridge the biological disciplines but are unified by applying highly quantitative approaches.

Life at the Nanoscale

The Life at the Nanoscale cluster is rooted in the field of structural biology, which seeks to understand how the positions of atoms in biological macromolecules—such as proteins and DNA—dictate how cells move, divide, differentiate, and metabolize, and how dysfunctions in these processes cause disease. The initiative builds on the University of Oregon’s record of excellence in structural biology, as well as UO’s longstanding strength in the technique of x‐ray crystallography—used to determine static pictures of biological molecules at atomic‐level resolution—and recently developed technologies that complement x-ray crystallography and are transforming the foundational understanding of biology.

Positions: Proposing three faculty members in the departments of biology and/or chemistry and biochemistry in the following disciplines:

  • Electron microscopy
  • Super resolution microscopy
  • NMR spectroscopy.

Prevention and Intervention Sciences in Special Education

The Prevention and Intervention in Special Education cluster hire will enhance and accelerate faculty excellence in the University of Oregon's special education program, which has been ranked third in the nation for nearly two decades by U.S. News and World Report. The cluster builds on the legacy of special education scholarship, external research funding, nationally recognized intervention, and pedagogy development—all focused on serving children and youth with disabilities. The current proposal builds upon existing strengths, and targets rapid elevation of UO research, demonstration, and instructional efforts to a nationally dominant level.

Positions: Proposing five faculty members within special education across three established disciplinary strengths:

  • Social, emotional, and behavioral supports
  • Academic interventions
  • Applied research methodology.

Sports Product Initiative


Sustainable Cities Initiative Research Hub

The SCI cluster will help scale up SCI’s existing cross-disciplinary, translational research on the multifaceted issues surrounding sustainability and cities, including:

  • Examining how technology will transform cities and city development
  • Developing the evidence and guidance to achieve carbon neutrality or better
  • Pursuing a host of other research areas focused on sustainable urbanism.

The cluster builds upon and complements the existing work of SCI’s Sustainable City Year Program, an internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary pedagogical model that is transforming higher education around the world. The research hub will help transform SCI into an applied think-tank on sustainability and the built environment.

Positions: Four tenure-track faculty openings—one sustainable design position in architecture, one land use/green development position in law, and two positions (sustainable real estate/transportation, modeling and metrics) in planning, public policy, and management.