The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI) promotes excellence in research, scholarship and creative inquiry at the University of Oregon — the state’s only Association of American Universities member. Research, both basic and applied, is fundamental to the mission of the university and is essential to Oregon’s economic and civic vitality.

The office is committed to enhancing these efforts by providing administrative and financial support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposal submission, research compliance, and contracts and grant administration. The office supports interdisciplinary research centers, essential core facilities and emboldens innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives.

The UO has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research that continues through the production of new knowledge and innovative solutions to society’s grand challenges.

Research & Innovation Services

The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI) supports research at the University of Oregon through four service units. Collectively known as Research & Innovation Services, the units help UO faculty, staff and students with funding identification, proposal development and submission, award management, compliance, intellectual property management, commercialization and other components of the research enterprise.

Research Development Services
Research Development Services provides a variety of services for faculty seeking support for research, performance, public service and scholarly projects. These include funding source information dissemination, assistance with proposal development and management of internal research support programs. RDS is the central coordinator for most external competitions in which a limited number of UO submissions is allowed. RDS also coordinates funding information, develops proposal workshops, and provides other research-related services. We welcome researchers to contact any of our staff members to discuss research goals, strategy and potential funding sources.

Sponsored Projects Services
Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) works with the UO community to provide proposal budget preparation, institutional clearances and grant and contract administration for research, instruction, and public service projects. SPS serves faculty principal investigators (PIs), department grant administrators (DGAs), UO administrative officials, business managers and affiliated organizations such as the UO Foundation. Proposal preparation and clearance includes application materials and budget assistance, final review, official endorsement, and submission of proposals to public and private funding agencies. Grant and contract administration includes review and acceptance of awards and account set up, and runs from inception through the award's administration, financial reporting and final closeout.

Research Compliance Services
Research Compliance Services (RCS) supports and protects the interests of the University, faculty, staff, students and human research subjects in research compliance matters through guidance, education, and technical assistance. RCS works with the University of Oregon research community to ensure the responsible and ethical conduct of research by protecting human subjects in research, managing conflicts of interest in research, training in the responsible conduct of research, investigating allegations of research misconduct, and providing education in research ethics and research compliance.

Innovation Partnership Services
Innovation Partnership Services provides intellectual property management support, acquisition, and strategy — from research inception through the use of data, works, and technology created at UO. IPS assists the UO community in developing innovation and businesses, sharing of research tools (data, materials, content, and software) transferring technology into the marketplace and forging mutually beneficial partnerships with industry.

Research Resources

Centers and Institutes
The University of Oregon has a long history of interdisciplinary research that continues today in our 19 research centers and institutes. Accounting for more than half of all sponsored research dollars at the university, the UO's centers and institutes employ some of the most productive researchers in the country. With several hundred researchers, students, and supporting staff, the institutes make a major contribution to the university's research and education missions as well as the Oregon economy.

Core Facilities
Research Core Facilities support the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation’s mission of advancing transformative excellence in research, innovation and graduate education by providing faculty, students and businesses with access to cutting-edge equipment, expertise and training. The university’s nine core service units are supported by the Research Core Business Services office. Research Core Facilities enable shared access to high tech tools across faculty, departments and disciplines, and provide specialized technical personnel to assist users. The facilities operate in a sustainable manner with adequate cost recovery and a plan for systematic equipment renewal and expert training. The organizational structure supports individual research laboratories, and provides a demonstrated competitive advantage for successfully obtaining large-scale instrumentation and center grants.

Customized Training
Research Development Services provides customized training at the request of individuals or groups in the research community. The department will prepare and present a workshop or information session on any topic related to locating or applying for funding.

Fellowships & Awards
Research Development Services offers assistance with nominating University of Oregon faculty for a wide variety of fellowships and awards, including assistance crafting letters of nomination, interpreting award and nomination guidelines, and insuring that nomination packages address award criteria as fully as possible.

Funding Opportunities Newsletter
The Funding Opportunities Newsletter helps UO faculty identify external funding opportunities and develop proposals. Distributed weekly by Research Development Services (RDS), it provides a sample of announcements and solicitations that RDS staff identifies as broadly interesting to the UO research community.

Internal Funding Opportunities
Research Development Services maintains a list of internal grants to support research, scholarship and creative activity, including interdisciplinary projects, travel and initiatives by junior research faculty.

Oregon Research Newsletter
The Oregon Research newsletter is devoted to news and information from the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI) at the University of Oregon. Distributed monthly, Oregon Research seeks to showcase the people, events, institutions and ideas that form the research enterprise at the University of Oregon. It is also one of the important channels for communication between OVPRI and the campus community.

Policies and Forms
A list of links and forms for research-related topics such as cost share, financial conflict of interest and invention disclosure.

The Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network is an Oregon consortium of government, higher education, and the business community. UO is a key partner in RAIN as one of the providers of innovation and human capital to help our region create high-growth, technology-based startup companies. The university offers cutting edge research and resources to support the development of new enterprises. UO helps businesses flourish across disciplines and provides a huge scope of formal and informal programs that support innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.

Trainings by Sponsored Projects Services
Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) offers training sessions to the research community to educate attendees regarding University of Oregon and sponsor expectations for conducting and administering research at the university.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) seeks to support and advance faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative scholarship by providing resources for the UO community. UROP provides funding mechanisms for students, supports collaborations with campus partners, and encourages undergraduate research and creative scholarship in all of the disciplines included in the UO’s seven schools and colleges. 

Further Resources

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
Based on workshops co-sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and HHMI, this book is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators and includes chapters on laboratory leadership, getting funded, project management, and teaching and course design.

Communicating Science: Giving Talks
Communicating Science provides advice from scientific speakers, tips on putting together talks, insights into how to use technology to your benefit, horror stories about speeches gone wrong, and pointers to inexpensive, approachable resources available in most communities to polish speaking skills and gain confidence. 

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers
American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) Communicating Science workshops, developed by the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, are specifically designed to address the needs of scientists and engineers to communicate scientific or technical information in a variety of public and professional interactions, such as media interviews, writing grant proposals, discussing ideas with students, testifying before Congress, or participating in public forums.

Publish Not Perish: The Art & Craft in Publishing in Scholarly Journals
Created by the University of Colorado Libraries, the five modules include an overview of scholarly journal publishing; ideas, journal research, and queries; manuscript preparation and submission; the editorial process; and customizing your publishing plan.

Publish or Perish
Free software available for individual and non-profit use. Data is extracted from Google Scholar, and searches can be conducted by author or title. Results will show a list of articles by the author with the number of article cites along with various calculations such as impact factor and averages such as average number of citations per year.