Sponsored Research Funding Highlights

FY 2019

During FY 2019, faculty brought in a total of $18.8 million in grants and contracts, the second highest amount ever received by the college with only 2018 being higher. Faculty submitted 178 proposals, the most ever.

Although the majority of our sponsored research comes from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education, our diverse funding portfolio includes numerous awards from industry, private foundations and non-profit organizations.

Below are examples of notable awards received in FY 2019. These awards reflect our values and commitment to embracing innovative approaches, conducting community-based research with diverse populations, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and integrating students. These projects have the potential to impact population health in communities across Oregon and beyond.


Notable grants in FY 2019 include


Critical Consciousness for Connectivity to Combat Social Isolation in LQBTQ Youth: Training Young Latino Outreach 4-H Leaders as Effective Allies

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; $405,000 for three years

Led by PI Jonathan Garcia, Assistant Professor

This study will adapt, pilot and evaluate a Latin American telenovela (soap opera) intervention to combat the heightened social isolation experienced LQBTQ youth. This unique and culturally appropriate medium has been used successfully in Brazil and will be expanded throughout Oregon by using 4-H programs.


Scaling Up Student-Athlete Exposure Tracking Using PacTrac

Funded by the Pacific 12 Conference, $196,600 for two years

Led by PI Marc Norcross, Associate Professor

The goal of this project is to provide the Pac-12 Conference with the infrastructure and knowledge to implement one of the largest and most detailed sports injury epidemiology systems in the world through the development and testing of the PacTrac system. The development of this robust system to accurately quantify sports-related injury rates is vital for developing and testing interventions that can make athletics safer.


Housing Temperature: An Important Variable for Simulated Spaceflight Studies Using Mice

Funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; $291,700 for two years

Led by PI Russell Turner, Professor

This research will provide vital information about using mice for simulating spaceflight studies. Through the exploration of the effects of mild cold stress induced by room temperature housing and hind-limb unloading on the skeleton in mice, the study will provide important information about the translatability of studies with mice to human astronauts.


Evaluating Pharmacist Prescription of Hormonal Contraception Among Low-Income Women in Oregon

Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health; $173,000 for three years

Led by PI Marie Harvey, Associate Dean for Research and OSU Distinguished Professor of Public Health and PI and Postdoctoral Fellow Susannah Gibbs

With funding from the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship to Susanna Gibbs, investigators will examine the effectiveness of a policy that allows pharmacists to directly prescribe hormonal contraception among Medicaid-enrolled women in Oregon. Endowing pharmacists with the authority to prescribe these relatively safe methods of contraception may increase contraceptive use and reduce unintended pregnancies, particularly among women who face undue barriers to accessing clinical services.


Home Birth in the US: Data-Driven Safety Improvements

Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health; $147,000 for two years

Led by PI Marit Bovbjerg, Assistant Professor

This study will investigate potential differences between home and birth center births and where, how and why excess mortality is currently observed among women planning community (home or birth center) births. This evidence will inform future maternity care policy and will be used by clinicians, payers and patients to make evidence-informed decisions regarding place of birth.


Disaggregating Asian American and Pacific Islander Health Data: Multilevel Analysis of Neighborhood Context and Cardiovascular Health Using the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey

Funded by National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health; $126,900 for two years

Led by PI Veronica Irvin, Assistant Professor

This research will identify the prevalence and determinants of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders subgroups (e.g. Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander). It will also investigate how the complex interrelationships between physical and social environments, such as neighborhoods, impact individual-level differences in CVD health in older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


OSU PhD Student to Explore Access to Sport and Physical Activity Opportunities for Collegiate Students With Physical Disabilities Through the Health Policy Research Scholars Program

Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; $120,000 for four years

Led by PI Megan MacDonald, Associate Professor, and Kathleen McCarty, Kinesiology doctoral student and Health Policy Research Scholar  

The Health Policy Research Scholars Program is a national leadership development program that builds equity by investing in scholars from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. With this funding, investigators will evaluate access to sport and physical activity opportunities to collegiate students with disabilities. The ultimate goal of the project is to inform legislation to ensure more equitable options for collegiate students with disabilities — students whose ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability and other factors allow them to bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research.