Interim Vice President
Oregon State is one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant institutions in the U.S., holds a top tier research designation from the Carnegie Foundation, and is the state's largest public research university. Oregon State research totaled almost $263 million in Fiscal Year 2013, and private sector financing reached nearly $36 million, a 65 percent increase in the past five years.
The OSU Research Agenda, integrated with the university's Strategic Plan, guides faculty inquiry in OSU's three Signature Areas of Distinction: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress. Faculty engage graduate and undergraduate students in research to both advance this agenda and help develop the R&D talent needed by academic, government, non profit and private industry organizations.
The OSU Advantage connects business with faculty expertise, student talent and world-class facilities to research solutions, bring ideas to market and launch companies.
OSU Advantage Update: As you may be aware, President Ray appointed me as the Interim Vice President for Research following the departure of Rick Spinrad, who accepted a position as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C. In my new role, I would like to share an important organizational update. I will continue to lead the implementation of the university’s strategy to expand industry partnering and commercialization of research discoveries. Brian Wall, the director of OSU’s Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, will have expanded responsibilities as director of the Oregon State University Advantage program, managing its day-to-day operations. I will continue to provide executive leadership for the OSU Advantage, a university initiative that began in 2013 to help commercialize innovations, launch new companies, connect existing business with faculty expertise and student talent, and provide Oregon with work-ready graduates needed for economic progress. In his expanded role, Brian will report to me. Additionally, both Brian and I will continue our involvement with the South Willamette Valley Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, which was made possible by legislative funding of $3.75 million last year. OSU and the University of Oregon, along with the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Albany and Corvallis, are collaborating on this broad initiative that leverages the research and educational expertise of academia and moves it toward private economic growth. I represent OSU on the RAIN board of directors, and Brian serves on the RAIN executive working group. The OSU Advantage Accelerator is a key component of RAIN. Please join me in congratulating Brian on his leadership role with the OSU Advantage and offering your support as he directs this important work on behalf of the university. -- Ron Adams, Interim VP for Research
New Research Office 2013 Annual report. Click here.
The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking research project proposals from OSU faculty for the 2014 URSA-ENGAGE Program, (formerly called the URISC-START program). It will provide freshman, sophomore and transfer student researchers (in their first year at OSU) under faculty guidance with stipends of up $1,500 for the winter and spring terms of 2014. The Faculty Research Project Proposal Application Deadline is Nov. 1. An application and a page of FAQs are available at the URSA Web page - http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/ Questions can be addressed to Kevin Ahern at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Faculty Orientation 2013. Click here for information.
New Research Office Dashboard. View a summary of Research and Development Activity.
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