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Priorities and Impact



The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) at the University of Oregon is focused on the following priorities:

  • Research excellence
  • Infrastructure to support research
  • External partnerships and philanthropy
  • Launching new interdisciplinary and disciplinary initiatives that have high potential to attract external funding and community impact

Our office is committed to increasing externally sponsored research funding, which enables discoveries and the advancement of knowledge and creative expression.

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3 From UO Named Oregon Book Award Finalists

Mahjong, archival hopyard photography, and a landmark court case in Shanghai are the subjects of the nominated books.

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UO’s Mandy Gettler named to Eugene 20 under 40 list 

Mandy Gettler, Senior Innovation Asset Administrator in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, has been honored by the Eugene Chamber of Commerce for her role in creating the Women’s Innovation Network. The 20 Under 40 Awards was established in 2008 to recognize young professionals in leadership positions in the community. 

Gettler, who graduated from the UO in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English with a folklore emphasis, was inspired to start WIN after learning through a professional conference about the low numbers of women in tech transfer — the process of taking an invention to market.   

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2021 Outstanding Research Awards

The awards recognize and celebrate achievements in research and scholarship and highlight notable research activities taking place at the University of Oregon.

Ana-Maurine Lara, an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, is the 2021 recipient of the Early Career Award, UO’s highest award for early career faculty to recognize and celebrate an emerging and significant record of scholarship and research on our campus. Lara has achieved a significant record across several fields. An innovative scholar, she combines qualitative social science research with the artistic production of fiction, poetry and performance.

2021 Outstanding Research Awards

Research Impact Statistics

UO scholars and researchers won a record amount in grants and awards in the 2021 fiscal year.
$172.5 million
external funding rose to
increase from the previous year
601 grants
awarded to investigators


Monthly Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI) provides a monthly summary of funding awards and projects at the University of Oregon.



Student Impact

The OVPRI's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students vital participation in research. Students from across the academic disciplines can be found investigating, discovering, creating, and innovating. Research experiences allow students to explore and clarify their academic and professional goals while developing critical thinking and important workforce skills. By the numbers UROP: 

  • Provides $300K in annual student support 
  • Engages students from 48 different majors
  • Graduates award-winning alumni, including 9 NSF GRFP Recipients, 2 Goldwater Scholars, and Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and Udall scholars* 

*since 2015

Clusters of Excellence

The Clusters of Excellence program is designed to bring the best and brightest minds in select fields to the University of Oregon to join in efforts to address some of today’s most significant challenges. The intent is to attract small groups of scholars (approximately 2-5) who will add depth and expertise in specific areas and who will connect nationally prominent academic departments to address national needs.

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Innovation Impact Statistics

 In FY21, the UO rose from No. 5 to  No. 1 in the Association of American Universities in licensing per research dollar.

$9.1 million
licensing revenue
UO rank in licensing per research dollar in the AAU
science-based disclosures by UO innovators