• Photo of Xiaolin Nan (left), an assistant professor in the OHSU Department of Biomedical Engineering, and UO’s Ramesh Jasti (right), an associate professor in UO’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Deepening a Relationship
    The University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Science University are building closer ties.

About the partnership

To further catalyze discovery and scientific impact, OHSU President Danny Jacobs and UO President Michael Schill have called for increased partnerships between OHSU and UO faculty. Three areas are currently being explored: research collaborations, educational programs, and administrative policies. The first investment in this collaboration is the launch of Collaborative Seed Grants.

Second round of UO-OHSU seed funding announced

The latest round of seed grants was announced on Aug. 2, 2019. The recipients are:

  • Project Resilience (Convening): A neurological and psychosocial collaborative to prevent occupational burnout of K-12 educators – Alexander Stevens, OHSU, and Christen Knowles, UO.
  • Nanohoops as New Materials for Multiplexed Biological Imaging (Piloting Phase Two) – Ramesh Jasti, UO, and Xiaolin Nan, OHSU.
  • Developing Bio-Inspired Fractal Implants to Restore Vision to Patients with Retinal Diseases: In Vivo Studies (Piloting Phase Two) – Richard Taylor, UO, and Trevor McGill, OHSU.
  • Predicting Healthcare-Associated Clostridioides Difficile Infection Probabilities in Inpatient Units (Piloting Phase Two) – Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, UO, and Robert Martindale, OHSU.

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University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Science University
Request for Applications for Collaborative Seed Projects (CSP)

Overview and Purpose:

This funding mechanism, launched in 2018 between the University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Science University, aims to build on strengths of faculty at both institutions, deepen UO-OHSU partnerships, and prepare UO-OHSU teams to apply for external funding that will provide long-term support for collaborative research programs. The overall purpose of this CSP is to significantly increase the number of externally funded UO-OHSU collaborative projects.


2019-2020 CSP Priorities:

There are two priority areas for the 2019-2020 CSP Award Cycle:

  • Convening (e.g., bringing together teams of OHSU and UO faculty for structured meetings to incubate collaborative ideas likely to lead to applications for external funding or other revenue generation; working with external consultants or experts who can advise joint UO-OHSU teams on technical or entrepreneurial aspects of collaborative project ideas; writing joint publications to support grant applications; supporting infrastructure development activities designed to prepare a team to be successful in generating revenue and future grant funding). We anticipating funding up to 5 convening awards at $10,000 each, for a duration of 12 months.
  • Piloting (e.g., pilot studies designed to provide feasibility evidence or preliminary data for joint UO-OHSU grant applications, and the development of joint grant applications). We anticipate funding up to 5 Piloting Phase One piloting awards at $50,000 for one year. Previously funded Phase One pilot award teams are eligible to submit Piloting Phase Two proposals: the total pool for Phase Two is $175,000, and we anticipate funding two or three Phase Two proposals. Piloting Phase Two proposals will be evaluated in part by evidence that they are close to receipt of external funding (e.g., a submitted or draft NIH R21/R01/Center or equivalent collaborative grant proposal) and have a well-justified need and plan for continuing activities while waiting for external support to arrive.


For both award types, it is expected that the work reflects a true collaboration, with comparable roles, responsibilities, and budgets at the two institutions and a commitment to a joint future grant submission with significant activities and funding at both institutions. For Convening and Phase One Piloting applications, we prefer to seed new collaborations, although expansions of existing collaborations will also be considered.

Important Dates:

Convening Phase One Piloting Phase Two Piloting
RFA Released February 4, 2019 February 4, 2019 Feb. 4, 2019
Application Portal Opens March 15, 2019 March 15, 2019 March 15, 2019
Mandatory Letter of Intent Due May 1, 2019 July 1, 2019 May 1, 2019
Application Deadline (11:59 p.m.) July 1, 2019 September 16, 2019 July 1, 2019
Funding Decisions August 1, 2019 December 1, 2019 August 1, 2019
Anticipated Project Start Date September 1, 2019 January 1, 2020 September 1, 2019
Anticipated Project End Date August 31, 2020 December 31, 2020 August 31, 2020


NOTE: Late applications will not be considered.


Application Instructions: The CSP application process involves the submission of a mandatory letter of intent and completion of an online application packet.


Note regarding the application process: You will need to set up an online account to submit the application (ohsu.infoready4.com). If you are an OHSU faculty member, you can log in using your OHSU login information. If you are applying from University of Oregon, you will need to create an account with your email address. (There is no cost to creating an account). Faculty from either institution can serve as the submitting PI; there is no advantage or disadvantage to being from either institution. If you have questions, write funding@ohsu.edu.



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