SIRI Quarterly Update: April 2017

Transforming UO research through philanthropic support

SIRI is pleased to announce that the University of Oregon has received a $320,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust to complete the build out of the UO’s Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility. The grant was made possible in part by the fund established by Tim and Mary Boyle last year through their $10 million gift to endow life sciences research.

The Murdock grant is the result of SIRI’s larger strategy of leveraging gifts from individuals to secure new grants from private foundations in order to make research dollars go further. The SIRI team is actively working on several similar proposals and expects to announce new research and innovation gifts and grants in the year ahead.

In other recent research fundraising news, longtime UO donors Sharon and Lloyd Powell — a 1955 UO graduate — made a significant gift to the Center for Genome Function, a UO Cluster of Excellence Initiative led by an emerging team of UO biologists seeking to understand the underlying processes of human genetics.

The SIRI team will be responsible for future fundraising for the Center for Genome Function. They will seek other support for the initiative, which is part of the Provost’s Clusters of Excellence faculty hiring initiative designed to attract more research-active, tenure-track faculty members to campus.

SIRI works collaboratively with UO leadership, faculty and staff to increase philanthropic support to research, innovation and university priorities designed to transform the institution.


Strategic Initiatives, Research and Innovation
Strategic Initiatives, Research and Innovation (SIRI) leads and coordinates private giving efforts in support of central priorities.