Letter From the Vice President – September 2014

Welcome to the new academic year. It’s been a busy couple of months in the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation with a number of recent highlights, including the news of an outstanding new interdisciplinary research award, a pair of cutting-edge symposiums and the release of our report on sponsored funding for fiscal year 2014.

The 2013-2014 sponsored research numbers underline the extraordinary work of UO faculty members who successfully responded to an increasingly competitive federal climate by expanding research activity and submitting the highest volume of sponsored research proposals ever. In fiscal year 2014, UO researchers submitted 1,070 research proposals, a 16.3 percent increase from FY13. Additionally, UO faculty members received $110.3 million in grants, contracts and other competitive awards — a 28.5 percent increase from the previous year. In all, 264 principal investigators received 632 awards.

In the coming months, I will be laying out some future goals for our office, including new programs, expanded services and our priorities for the upcoming fundraising campaign. As the Graduate School prepares to launch an internal search for a new dean, we will continue to work shoulder to shoulder with their office to advance research and education.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest faculty members to campus. This month, we will be participating in orientation activities and offering tools designed to introduce new faculty to our research services and staff and help them navigate our websites. I encourage new and returning faculty members to take a look at our research roadmap, which provides a quick refresher on how to take advantage of all the research services we offer.

On a final note, I would like to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to Patrick Phillips as he leaves for a well-deserved sabbatical in Paris and welcome his successor in the role of Associate Vice President for Research, William Cresko. Many of us have come to rely on Patrick's wisdom, knowledge and sense of humor. He has done a spectacular job as Associate Vice President for Research and I know Bill will be equally outstanding in this role.

Sincerely,

Brad Shelton
Interim VP Research & Innovation; Vice Provost Budget & Planning
vpri@uoregon.edu
(541) 346-2090