Research Office Campus Conversations (ROCC)

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an important source of funding for land grant institutions such as Oregon State University; the depth and breadth of this federal agency is one in which provides opportunities to support the diverse research expertise across our campus community.  

As part of our sponsor conversation series, the October 27th Campus Conversation is intended to demystify USDA for OSU researchers. We will hear from members of the OSU faculty who have deep experience with USDA research. Panelists include: Jeff Chang, Professor, Botany and Plant Pathology; Jeff Steiner, Director, Global Hemp Innovation Center; Elizabeth Tomasino, Associate Professor, Food Science and Technology, and Tala Navab-Daneshmand, Associate Professor, Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering.

We will also discuss ways to develop and strengthen your proposals to USDA.  


Registration closed.  Please reach out to for a copy of the recording.

In the spirit of open dialogue between the Research Office and the campus community, our second Research Office Campus Conversation of the year will be an open Q&A session. VPR Irem Tumer will be joined by members of the Research Office Leadership Team to answer your questions. Submit questions in advance when you register or bring your questions about the future of the research enterprise at Oregon State to the session. We will address as many as time allows.

Panelists:  Irem Tumer, Vice President for Research and Research Office Leadership Team

Registration closed.  Please reach out to for a copy of the recording.

Integration of research and DEI excellence is an exciting space for Oregon State to excel in. Co-sponsored with the Office of Institutional Diversity, we invite faculty to an opening conversation about integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, education, and community engagement programs.  The conversation will be a prelude to additional opportunities to reflect and develop your approach to DEI integration through workshops this spring. Registration closed.  Contact for a copy of the recording.

Have an idea for a book, but unsure that you are prepared to navigate the world of academic publishing to have your book proposal accepted? Or, having reached that milestone and ready to go in a new direction, unsure of how to approach the next project? Maybe you are at the point in your career that you are more interested in extending your impact to reach a public audience? Our panel will discuss their own writing journeys and experience with academic publishing. We will also share some ideas for grant funding strategies to help support key phases in book development. Register here

During this panel discussion, we’ll hear from scientists and artists who have collaborated on Broader Impacts. We’ll also discuss best practices and ways researchers can collaborate with OSU’s new Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts to co-develop Broader Impacts statements for NSF proposals. Registration opens soon.

This conversation is a look ahead to what research computing needs and capability will be in 2030. Join a forward-looking conversation with University IT, Research Office, and industry partners. Registration opens soon

Grand societal challenges are demanding bold solutions that can often be addressed only with larger teams with diverse expertise. Often, transformative research relies on expensive equipment that is outside of the typical funding range of standard grant proposals. Funders are interested in whether progress in scientific breakthroughs can be accelerated through team science and shared instrumentation -- and creating larger funding mechanisms that can support these initiatives. How can you approach such an endeavor with humility, a strong vision, and enough organization, resilience, and institutional savvy to succeed? When is the right time, and what steps set you up for success? This session is recommended for anyone who is interested in undertaking transdisciplinary research or seeking a large-scale grant proposal at some point in their career. Registration opens soon

University Wide Ignite Events

A Joint College of Agricultural Sciences and College of Engineering Ignite Session & Social

MU Horizon Room

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 5 PM.

Join the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering for an open Ignite Session as we explore overlapping interests and connect researchers between these key colleges at OSU. Bring your curiosity and ideas to share.  All are welcome.  Registration closed.

For questions, please contact: Meghan Heineman

University-wide Ignite Colloquium: Climate Change and Human Health

This Ignite Colloquium invites presentations that address complex, transdisciplinary research topics/questions related to the theme, Climate Change and Human Health. Topics include the intersection of climate science (including earth and oceanic processes), environmental factors (including nutrition, toxins, hazards and natural disasters) and human health, from local to global impact. Biotechnology, data sciences, health equity, social sciences and political processes are also consistent with this theme. The goal of the colloquium is to help connect and integrate experts from multiple disciplines to nucleate transdisciplinary research in Climate Change and Human Health.

Presenters will speak for two minutes about their research passions and expertise to spark transdisciplinary conversations. The concise, rapid-fire presentations are designed to “ignite” the audience about research ideas, stimulate thought, and promote collaborations.

Registration closed Friday, 1/27/2023.

Co-sponsored by Office for Research Advancement, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and Linus Pauling Institute.

The Office for Research Advancement partners with Colleges and Centers to offer Ignite sessions to spark conversation around complex problems that invite an interdisciplinary or transdisiciplinary approach.  For each session, researchers and scholars are invited to briefly share their research and their interest in collaboration.  In 2022-23, we anticipate hosting Ignite sessions on the following topics:

  • Climate and Health
  • Water and Resilience
  • Clean Energy
Ignite Colloquium on Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Research

The Research Office in partnership with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Office of Institutional Diversity will host an Ignite Research Colloquium on May 21, 2021 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm to highlight faculty research and scholarship related to Social Justice. This ignite session will focus on research and scholarship that is directly related to equity, inclusion, and social justice in the US and the world, along with research activities that are carried out through an equity and social justice lens.

 Friday, May 21,  2021  - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Click here to download the program



University-Wide Ignite Research Colloquium - - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences - Friday, January 22, 2021

We are excited to announce our rescheduled university-wide Ignite.  Enjoy a fun, informal afternoon with colleagues from across the University.

COVID-19 Ignite Session - virtual with short video presentations -  Thursday, August, 27, 2020

Ignite participants recorded short  (2-3 minute) video presentations that were put on a Canvas Site.

Ignite Colloquium on Understanding the New Arctic - natural and built environments and social systems  Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hallie Ford Center 115

Ignite - Connection Session on NSF's Coasts and People Initiative - Monday, May 13, 2019

Hallie Ford Center 115

Research Office Learning Lab (ROLL) Workshops

New-to-NIH Workshop Series - Fall 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) fund research and development that might help improve human health - not just in biology and medicine, but also in computation, robotics & AI, education, engineering, social sciences, physical sciences, and other areas.
This workshop series on NIH is intended to introduce the agency mission, funding opportunities, and proposal mechanisms to those new to NIH; provide hands-on feedback on proposal summaries and planning with NIH-experience PIs; and provide team-based learning and connections to NIH researchers across the university. We will also learn from members of the OSU faculty about their experiences finding, applying for, and managing NIH-funded research - and how it complements their work with other agencies, such as NSF.

Join us to learn about giving NIH funding a try for your own work, and meeting others you might partner with along the way. The 4-week workshop series will run through Fall 2022 and will include four meetings as well as moderate (~1 hour per week) outside writing and editing. Registration closed on October 3.  For more information about future workshops, contact


Access, Belonging & Success through Integration of DEI in Research    

Format: Zoom, 3 50-minute sessions on Wednesdays during the lunch hour, April 12, 19, and 26th @ noon

This three-part workshop series, co-sponsored by Office for Institutional Diversity and Office for Research Advancement, is intended to deepen researchers' skills in planning to proactively incorporate DEI into research programs. We will explore ways to broaden access and participation, examine ways to frame equity-oriented research questions, and develop greater capacity and confidence in writing research proposals that meaningfully integrate DEI in research question, research design, analysis and reporting.  Register here  by Friday, April 7.

Research Advancement Academy

Research Advancement Academy

The Research Advancement Academy is a professional development program for faculty from across OSU to develop research leaderships skills. The goal of the Academy is to support faculty fellows successfully lead large transdisciplinary proposals & funded research programs.

We define transdisciplinary as solutions-oriented research that engages partners across disciplines and sectors to generate interdisciplinary knowledge to address critical societal challenges.

The Academy embodies themes of solutions enterprise leadership, intellectual humility, exposing implicit truths and barriers to success, and reciprocal team and partnership practices. The program consists of a series of nine workshops in Fall and Winter terms through which 20 faculty fellows will explore evidence, mindsets, tools and practices. The workshops are followed by an opportunity for fellows to apply for seed funds to pursue their solutions research and ongoing coaching and support from the Office for Research Advancement.

Nominations for Fellows will be opened Spring term. Interested faculty should reach out to for more information.