Units reporting to the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies include:
Office of Research and Faculty Development (RFD)
Office for Responsible Conduct of Research (ORCR)
Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives (RSI)
Office of Research Services and Administration (ORSA)
Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
Riverfront Research Park (RRP)
Affiliated Units: Research Advancement
Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR)
Graduate Student Enrollment
- Close to 3,800 students enrolled in graduate programs (Fall 2011)
- 42% male; 58% female
- 36% Oregon resident; 64% non-resident
- 13% international
- 12% from under-represented populations
- The University offers 44 doctoral degree programs, 88 master's degree programs, and 20 graduate certificates.
Graduate Student Support
- There are 1,400 Graduate Teaching Fellows (Fall 2011).
- Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) fund 84% of our full-time doctoral students and 33% of full-time master's students.
- The total value of GTF support in 2011-12 (not including summer term) is over $43 Million.
- Donor and state-funded fellowships and awards administered directly by the Graduate School, Promising Scholar Awards, Graduate School Research Awards, and support for departmental scholarships total approximately $400,000 per academic year in stipends and another $400,000 in tuition awards in 2011-2012.
- Nearly 32% of our doctoral graduates secure teaching or research positions at four-year institutions and another 33% of our doctoral students secure postdoctoral fellowships or research associateships upon graduation.
- More than half of our doctoral students report having had papers accepted for publication in refereed journals during their graduate careers.
- 77% of our master's graduates pursue employment in Oregon.
MISSION: Through the Graduate School, the University of Oregon offers study leading to advanced degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and in the professional areas of architecture, business, education, fine art, historic preservation, journalism and communication, planning and public administration, and music and dance. The Graduate School oversees compliance with institutional graduate degree policies and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation collective bargaining agreement. Additionally, the Graduate School provides a variety of resources for professional development and funding for graduate study and research.
- The New Junior Faculty Award provides up to $7,500 to support research expenses to all eligible faculty in their first year of appointment.
- Provides 20 Summer Research Awards of $4,500 yearly in a campus wide peer-reviewed competition to which tenure-track and tenured professors are eligible to apply.
- Administers summer workshop program on proposal development. Participants receive $1,000 upon meeting specific criteria announced at the beginning of each workshop.
- Provides proposal development assistance to faculty, instructors, and graduate students seeking external funding for non-curricular, research related activities through workshops, seminars, in-class presentations and individual meetings.
- Coordinates proposal development for major, usually interdisciplinary, projects defined as research priorities by central administration.
MISSION: The Office of Research and Faculty Development (RFD) provides a variety of services to faculty seeking support for research, performance, public service and scholarly projects. Services include funding source information dissemination, proposal development, statistical programming and consulting, and management of internal research support programs.
RFD also coordinates funding information, proposal development workshops, and other research-related services to the graduate student community.
See the RFD website at: http://rfd.uoregon.edu
For more information, contact Moira Kiltie, Assistant Vice President for Research, at (541) 346-3188.
- Training and Education: ORCR facilitates 'conduct of research' training that provides a basic understanding of research compliance and integrity issues.
- Regulatory Requirements: ORCR coordinates the translation of new legislation and regulatory requirements into compliant University policies and procedures. Learn more about University of Oregon Policies at: http://policies.uoregon.edu/
- Conflicts of Interest: ORCR reviews individual disclosures of potential conflicts of interest in research and assists in the management or elimination of those conflicts. The UO Financial Conflict of Interest policy and annual disclosure forms are available on the ORCR website at: http://orcr.uoregon.edu/
- Research Misconduct: The Assistant Vice President, Responsible Conduct of Research (AVPRCR) serves as the Research Integrity Officer and the ORCR serves as inquiry lead regarding alleged research misconduct and any violation of the regulations, policies and guidelines that govern research misconduct.
- Through the Office for Protection of Human Subjects, the ORCR administratively manages the review and approval of research involving human subject participants.
- Through the Office of Veterinary Services and Animal Care, the ORCR administratively manages the care and use of animals involved in research and/or educational activities.
- The AVPRCR serves as the Institutional Official for human and animal subject research, as well as research activities monitored by the Radiation Safety Committee, Lab Safety Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee and Laser Safety Committee.
- The ORCR coordinates emergency management planning and response for research units and facilities with the UO Emergency Management Program.
MISSION: Our mission is to ensure compliance with governmental regulations and institutional requirements related to the responsible and ethical conduct of research. A culture of research compliance enables and encourages innovation, the advancement of knowledge, and provides stewardship of public and private resources. The Office for Responsible Conduct of Research serves to support and protect the interests of the University, faculty, staff, and students in research compliance matters through guidance, education, and technical assistance.
ORCR provides compliance support and oversight to the following areas:
Office for Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS) (541) 346-2510
Office of Veterinary Services and Animal Care (OVSAC) (541) 346-4958
ORCR Liaises with:
Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) (541) 346-3192
For more information, contact Lynette Schenkel, Assistant Vice President, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Director, Office for Responsible Conduct of Research, at (541) 346-3621.
In collaboration with the Vice President for Research, the Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives advances interdisciplinary initiatives and major collaborative research projects. Examples of current projects include:
- Lokey Laboratories,
- Lewis Integrative Science Building,
- Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST),
- Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI),
- Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI),
- Green Product Design Network (GPDN), which is one of the "Big Ideas," and
- Supporting the development of the "Big Ideas."
MISSION: Created in 2007 under the Vice President for Research, the Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives works with faculty, campus leaders, and external groups to leverage and expand research opportunities, promote broad collaboration, and optimize processes that accelerate and enhance faculty scholarship and impact. Services are centered on organizing, advancing, and promoting cross-disciplinary initiatives that may span multiple research centers and institutes, academic departments, and involve government-university-industry partnerships.
For more information contact:
Patrick Phillips, Associate Vice President for Research and Strategic Initiatives, at (541) 346-0916.
- Total UO grants and contracts awarded in FY 2010: $135.6 Million
- FY 2010 Federal and Federal Flow-Through support: $125.3 Million (92% of total funding received)
- $115.6 Million in sponsored project expenditures in FY 2010
- Personnel costs were 46% of grant and contract expenditures in FY 2010, totaling $53.2 Million
- Sponsored equipment aquisition totaled $3.4 Million in FY 2010
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MISSION: The Office of Research Services and Administration (ORSA) provides assistance to the faculty who seek, obtain, and manage grants and contracts in support of their research, instructional programs and public service projects.
As the office with institutional authority to submit applications and accept awards on behalf of the University, ORSA provides services in three main areas:
1. Proposal Preparation and Clearance: application materials and guidelines; budget development and approvals; final proposal review and clearance; authorized signature and official submission of proposals in electronic or hard copy.
2. Grant and Contract Administration: review, negotiation, and acceptance of award terms; account number and budget set up; contract and sub-agreement preparation and authorized signature; interpretation and application of agency regulations; administrative changes and approvals; financial reporting and billings; final award closeout; audit responses.
3. Institutional Systems Development: identify, advocate, and participate in making changes to UO management and financial systems, to streamline administrative burdens and respond to the changing environment in electronic processing; provide pertinent and current information related to grants administration through workshops, meetings, web site and listserv for faculty and staff.
See the ORSA website at: http://orsa.uoregon.edu/
For more information, contact (541) 346-5131.
- UO Portfolio of Oregon-Based Companies with Formal Ties to UO Research: 16 companies
- Aggregate Employment in Oregon by UO Portfolio Companies during calendar year 2010: 255
- Aggregate Revenue for UO Portfolio Companies during calendar year 2010: $32,879,344
- UO Innovation Licensing Revenue during FY 2010: $7.5 Million (15th consecutive record)
Specific Tech Transfer activities include:
- Pursues commercialization of UO discoveries.
- Supports UO researchers during project development.
- Maintains compliance with federal and state laws.
- Creates new companies and contributes to local and regional economic development.
MISSION: The University of Oregon's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) partners with UO innovators, the public, and industry to accelerate the adoption of innovations derived from UO research and education. OTT sees technology transfer as a fundamental extension of the University of Oregon’s teaching and public benefit missions, and we employ a diversity of innovation pathways to connect University research to societal benefit. Rather than viewing the generation of a large intellectual property portfolio as end in itself, we make targeted use of intellectual property rights to advance the uptake of UO innovations. With a strong record of spinout generation, OTT helps UO's research enterprise connect to award-winning new ventures that contribute to the economic vitality of Oregon, the United States, and global society.
To address the diverse goals of the University of Oregon's research groups and innovators, OTT takes special care to develop creative approaches that transcend "one size fits all” models of intellectual property protection and "push" marketing. OTT enables broad participation across the UO community by employing a variety of project approaches, an eclectic set of management tools, and a diversity of distribution channels for UO innovations. OTT excels at using creative, entrepreneurial approaches -- specially tailored to each situation -- that enable UO innovators to stand at the leading edge of the global knowledge-creation community.
To advance its mission, OTT co-founded UO’s flagship Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program (I&EP), a collaborative partnership that draws together OTT with the UO's top-ranked Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, the UO law school’s Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, the UO Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. I&EP is supported financially through the University of Oregon Venture Development Fund, a progressive program that uses state tax credits as incentives for private donations that support the commercial deployment of University innovations. IE&P supports UO innovators along the path to successful deployment through its three constituent programs:
- Translational Research Grants provide resources to move UO innovations toward proof-of-concept;
- The Technology Entrepreneurship Program seeds the formation of new ventures -- and simultaneously grows the next generation of Oregon entrepreneurs -- by linking UO innovators with inter-disciplinary teams of MBA, JD, and PhD students;
- Venture Launch Grants help emerging startup ventures to generate innovative products and services.
For more on the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Oregon, see the following URLs:
See the OTT web site at: http://techtran.uoregon.edu/
For more information, contact:
Chuck Williams, Director, Office of Technology Transfer, at (541) 346-2028. Or,
Don Gerhart, Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, at (541) 346-3234.
- 111,000 square feet of development.
- New 80,000 square foot building for the Oregon Research Institute - break ground in early 2011.
- Currently, 22 private companies and 10 UO Departments, Centers, and Institutes.
- 400 employees; annual payroll in excess of $25 Million.
- Over 400 students have been employed by tenant companies.
- To date, a total of 70 tenant companies and organizations have located in the Research Park, including 22 start-ups created by faculty, students, or based on UO research.
- Tenants are diversifying the state's economy through R&D in the fields of neuroscience and neuroinformatics, medical devices, biotechnology, nanotechnology, optimization technology, behavioral science, healthcare, educational research, educational research, disability policy, digital animation, and electrical data design.
MISSION: The Riverfront Research Park is a cooperative effort of the University of Oregon and private developers to build a university-related research park on 67 acres adjacent to the UO. The Park provides a beautiful master-planned setting, where knowledge-based businesses and organizations can start and grow in close proximity to and in collaborative association with the well-respected research capabilities of the University.
The purpose of the Research Park is to attract and promote the growth of technology and the economy of Oregon by providing an environment conducive to research and innovation. The University of Oregon encourages the transfer of research and technology to the private sector, and supports the Park's goals of helping to diversify the region's economy and create quality employment opportunities for students, faculty, and members of the community.
See Riverfront Research Park's web site at: http://researchpark.uoregon.edu/
For more information, contact Diane Wiley, Director, at (541) 346-5164.
- Total private gifts, grants and pledges to UO and UO Foundation
FY 09-10: $106,424,435
- Total private gifts, grants and pledges from corporations and foundations
FY 09-10: $17,332,937
MISSION: CFR develops and supports mutually beneficial relationships with corporations and foundations in order to secure financial support for University of Oregon priorities. For more information, contact Paul Elstone, Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, at (541) 346-2166.
Corporate Partners Program: This program offers special recognition for corporations who are major philanthropic investors in the UO. Besides outright gifts, Corporate Partners can be recognized through grants, matching gifts, gifts-in-kind and Oregon Sports Network (OSN) sponsorships. We work to develop a strategic partnership that benefits both the University and the company's goals. For more information on the Corporate Partners Program, see our website, or view our updated Corporate Partners List. If you are UO faculty and are interested in involvement with the program, please contact Betsy Richanbach, Interim Director, Corporate Partners Program at (541) 346-1938.
Receiving Gifts-in-Kind: Many faculty have strong connections with corporations, and are offered new or used equipment as gifts. Corporate Relations has worked with UO legal and business affairs and the UO Foundation to streamline the necessary paperwork to receive these gifts. If faculty members know of possible gift-in-kind opportunities, please contact Corporate Relations so that we can assist with all necessary, and simplified, paperwork. Contact Amy Murschall, Program Manager, Corporate Relations at (541) 346-2446.
Co-ordination of all requests for gifts and grants from private sources: Faculty and development officers are encouraged to contact Foundation Relations in the planning stages of projects to identify funding sources and to develop successful proposals. Foundation Relations works with the University of Oregon Foundation and ORSA to facilitate submissions. Contact Lynn Stearney, Assistant Director, Foundation Relations at (541) 346-5253.
Developing Funding strategies: Foundation Relations can provide assistance to faculty on the current interests of private foundations and how to develop successful funding strategies around these areas for prioritized UO projects. Contact Lynn Stearney, Assistant Director, Foundation Relations at (541) 346-5253.