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Conover marks continued UO successes on the research and innovation fronts during annual address

David Conover delivered his annual address on research and innovation, “State of Research 2018: Building for the Future,” on Oct. 15, 2018. Speaking before an audience of more than 150 faculty, staff and other members of the UO research community, Conover celebrated the 2018 fiscal year as a time of renewed growth and major impact for the UO's research enterprise.

“This is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of our dedicated faculty and their outstanding commitment to research, scholarship and creative activity,” Conover said.

During the talk Conover marked some of the major accomplishments during 2017-18 and cast an eye to the future as the UO looks ahead to an anticipated 30 percent growth in research and innovation activity. He announced the launch of a new innovation fund sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. Dubbed the OVPRI Innovation Fund, the program offers seed grants of $25,000 to $75,000 to UO faculty members and select UO IP-based spinout companies. It aims to foster the accelerated translation of innovations developed at UO.

UO research is on an upward trajectory in productivity, as evidenced by the news that investigators and scholars received 568 grants, contracts and competitive awards totaling $121.9 million during the fiscal year ending on June 30, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Innovation has also been on the uptick, and the university has seen an increase in patent applications and agreements involving the exchange of proprietary materials such as data, software and research materials.

Conover said the 2019 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 2019 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.