Oregon State University’s Office of Research has launched a redesigned website aimed at emphasizing faculty excellence and better serving OSU’s research community.
OSU Vice President for Research Cynthia Sagers said the previous incarnation of the website was more externally focused, highlighting stories about OSU research and programming. The new design, which launched earlier this week, is more client-oriented, helping guide researchers at OSU toward important resources.
“It’s a cleaner look, very simple and very much focused on serving the university research community,” Sagers said.
The purpose of the Research Office is to help researchers develop, submit and manage proposals and awards, conduct research and disseminate findings. To that end, there are four offices under the research umbrella that support research faculty and staff. They are the Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration, the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, the Office of Research Integrity, and the Office for Research Development.
Under the new website, each office is distinctly highlighted.
“It’s now clear they belong to the Research Office,” Sagers said. “Before they were scattered in other locations.”
Navigating the grant life cycle is a primary feature of the landing page. Depicted as a large wheel, the graphic representation of the research process is now clear and accessible, Sagers said. Links found on the previous site are still available, just presented in a simpler manner.
Additionally, there is now a feed for breaking external news that impacts the research community. That news includes impacts on funding sources and new executive orders that could potentially affect researchers.
The site will evolve as the office hears back from researchers, and will eventually include real time metrics related to the newest version of the Research Office’s strategic plan.
“We’re looking for input from the community,” Sagers said. “This is a work in progress. We can get closer to the ideal with their input.”
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