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Conover marks continued UO successes on the research and innovation fronts during annual address
David Conover, vice president for research and innovation, delivered his annual address on research and innovation, “State of Research 2019" on Monday, Oct. 14. Speaking before an audience of more than 150 faculty, staff and other members of the UO research community, Conover celebrated the 2019 fiscal year as a time of continued growth and major impact for the UO's research enterprise.
“The big story this year was big awards,” Conover said. “The average of the top awards in 2019 was twice the top awards in 2019."
Conover pointed to a significant increase in the number of multi-year award commitments – grants that stretch out into the future beyond the 2019 fiscal year. UO had $163 million in new awards in the 2019 fiscal year, a 70 percent increase from the previous year when UO recorded $96 million in new award commitments.
During the talk Conover marked some of the major accomplishments during 2018-19 and cast an eye to the future as the UO looks ahead to the opening of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. He announced the launch of a several new research initiatives, including a new ResearchStats website and a host of new services offered by UO's Research Development Services unit. He also highlighted innovation programs, including the Venture Launch Grant and the UO Innovation Seed Fund.
UO research is on an upward trajectory in productivity, as evidenced by the news that investigators and scholars received 572 grants, contracts and competitive awards totaling an estimated $126 million during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, a 2 percent uptick, from the previous year. Innovation has also been on the rise, and the university has seen an increase in non-exclusive licensing as well as agreements for the exchange of data, software, research materials and other proprietary materials — a trend driven by increased activity in UO’s College of Education and the arrival of new science faculty in programs such as the Data Science Initiative.
Conover said the 2020 fiscal year is off to a strong start in terms of major grants received. He highlighted several major grants and awards received by UO faculty in the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year and pointed to new services and investments in infrastructure from the office that will help the UO meet the growing needs of an expanding pool of new faculty members.