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Attention student entrepreneurs: the RAINMaker Student Entrepreneur Seed Grants have announced the first call for applications. The $5,000 awards will support five student-led and owned entrepreneurial starts-ups. Read more about the grant and application process

The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation promotes excellence in research and graduate education 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 enhances research through the following research services divisions:

  • Research Development Services provides a variety of services for faculty seeking support for research, performance, public service and scholarly projects.
  • Sponsored Projects Services works with the UO community to provide proposal budget preparation, institutional clearances and grant and contract administration.
  • Research Compliance Services supports and protects the interest of the University, faculty, staff, students and research subjects in research compliance matters.
  • Innovation Partnership Services partners with UO innovators, the public, and industry to accelerate the adoption of innovations derived from UO research and education.

The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation provides administrative and financial support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposal submission, research compliance, and contracts and grant administration. The office supports numerous graduate programs and interdisciplinary research centers and emboldens innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer. The UO has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research that continues with the recently opened Lewis Integrative Science Building, a facility that is producing new knowledge and innovative solutions to society’s grand challenges.


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University of Oregon announces RAINMaker Endowment Fund for student entrepreneurs

The RAINMaker fund has begun accepting applications from promising UO student entrepreneurs. The deadline for application submissions is January 16, 2015. Applications will be open to all current UO graduate students and undergraduates (juniors and above) in all disciplines. Students who have graduated from UO in the term immediately prior to the application deadline may also apply. Students in the School of Music and Dance are especially encouraged to apply. 

Read more about the grant and application process


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