Sponsored Research Funding Highlights

Fiscal Year 2022

CPHHS Office of Research

Record-breaking year for college research

In Fiscal Year 2022, during a challenging year returning to campus and navigating the impacts of the COVID pandemic, our faculty garnered $43,390,065 in sponsored grants and contracts.

This funding is the highest annual amount in the history of our college and doubles our previous record.

Although the majority of our sponsored research is funded by 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 also includes numerous awards from industry, private foundations, and non-profit organizations.

Below are examples of notable research awards received in FY 2022. These awards represent the college’s diverse disciplines and reflect our commitment to embrace innovative approaches and methods, conduct both basic and applied research with diverse populations, and promote interdisciplinary collaboration. Findings from these research projects have the potential to impact population health in Oregon and beyond.

Notable grants in FY 2022 include

Can High Pressure Processing and Ultraviolet-C Irradiation Treatment Preserve Donor Milk Bioactive Protein Structure and Function Better than Holder Pasteurization?


$2,043,934 for five years

Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.

Led by PI David Dallas, Associate Professor

Human milk bioactive proteins are degraded during commonly used Holder pasteurization of donor milk. Alternative processing techniques that ensure biosafety while preserving bioactive proteins are needed, particularly for at-risk preterm infants. High pressure processing (HPP) and ultraviolet-C-irradiation (UV-C) treatment are known to preserve a few bioactive milk proteins, but no systematic research has identified the minimum processing parameters and their effects on the entire array of the structure and function of milk proteins. This study addresses the call from the Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch Research program for research on “the role of nutrition in infant development” and “the contributions of human milk and its components to optimal infant nutrition.” More specifically, the study examines how different milk processing methods affect the preservation of bioactive protein structure and function, which could lead to major impacts in preterm infant health outcomes.

  Dallas Lab

GI Sampling from Human Subjects Study


$245,176 for two years

Funded by Codexis, Inc.

Led by PI David Dallas, Associate Professor

The goal of this research is to determine the amino acid and peptide composition in the duodenum/jejunum of adult human subjects following consumption of a whey protein. This is a preliminary study to examine normal protein digestion in the adult gut prior to a follow-up study that will examine the effects of supplementing with a patented enzyme to enhance protein digestion for specific clinical populations.

  Dallas Lab

A Land Grant University for Equity and Justice


$300,000 for 18 months

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Led by PIs Jonathan Garcia and Kate MacTavish, Associate Professors

Situated in Oregon’s land grant university and as the state’s first accredited school of public health, CPHHS is building a culture of health through research and community engagement that is core to its mission “to ensure health and well-being for individuals, families, and communities in Oregon and beyond.” Our proposed initiative, A Land Grant University for Equity and Justice, will build on previous work to advance faculty and student success through the lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). Our guiding team will assess how structural racism and oppression affect our institutional context and develop a sustainable strategy to advance JEDI in our college. CPHHS will serve as a model for other land grant universities throughout the United States to advance faculty research and outreach that dismantles racism and oppression and expands health equity and justice-related research.

   Coming together to advance equity and justice in CPHHS as part of our land-grant mission

The Oregon State University Center for Advancing Science, Practice, Programming and Policy in Research Translation for Children’s Environmental (ASP3IRE Center)


$3,665,495 for five years

Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

Led by PIs Molly Kile and Megan McClelland, Professors

The Oregon State University Center for Advancing Science, Practice, Programming and Policy in Research Translation for Children’s Environmental Health (ASP3IRE Center) will accelerate the translation of children’s environmental health research. Drawing upon best practices in translational science, the ASP3IRE Center will provide infrastructure, training opportunities, data science tools, stakeholder engagement, and time-sensitive pilot grants to support the development and dissemination of evidence-informed interventions that protect children from environmental hazards where they live, go to school, and play.

  ASP3IRE Center

Improving Dungeness Crab Vessel Equipment: An Ergonomic Intervention to Reduce Risk for Musculoskeletal Injuries and Falls Overboard


$895,286 for three years

Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Led by PIs Jay Kim and Laurel Kincl, Associate Professors

Although the West Coast Dungeness crab fishery is one of the most valuable fisheries in the region, commercial fishermen suffer from high prevalence and incident rates of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. This research will focus on the Dungeness crab fishing vessel design and quantify the impact of the current crab sorting table and blocks (a mechanized winch to pull the lines of crab pots) on injury risk. The current design of the sorting table and block can pose substantial injury risks for both musculoskeletal and fatal injuries. With an expert pool of crab fishing stakeholders, we will identify critical and evidence-based design recommendations for the sorting table and block to reduce risk for musculoskeletal injuries (the most common type of non-fatal injuries) and fatality (fall-related injuries).

  Commercial Fishing Research

Red Light, Purple Light! Evaluating a Self-Regulation Intervention for Children in Early Learning Settings


$3,800,000 for five years

Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education.

Led by PI Megan McClelland, Professor

Preschool is a critical time for the development of self-regulation, which is essential for children's long-term social and academic success. Developing and testing programs that help children develop self-regulation in preschool is critical to ensuring long-term success. This project will test the initial efficacy of Red Light, Purple Light (RLPL), a self-regulation intervention that was developed as part of an Institute of Education Sciences grant. The RLPL intervention is designed to promote children's school readiness and is implemented by early childhood educators in early learning settings. Researchers will examine if access to one of two versions of RLPL, (self-regulation [SR] or SR+ math/literacy [SR+]), compared to a wait-list control condition relates to gains in children's self-regulation, math, and literacy skills in preschool and six months later.

  Red Light, Purple Light (RLPL) Intervention

Capacity Building Center: Competency-Based Training and Technical Assistance for the Early Learning Workforce


$14,428,100 for two years

Funded by the Oregon Department of Education.

Led by PI Megan McClelland, Professor

With funding from the Oregon’s Early Learning Division, Oregon State University will establish a statewide center focused on strengthening the early childhood education workforce in Oregon. Many factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have increased attention to the challenges facing the early childhood education workforce such as high turnover, low wages, and a lack of opportunity for professional development and advancement. The new center will provide support and training from an anti-bias, culturally responsive lens to better equip educators who care for children from marginalized populations and for children who have experienced trauma. In addition,the center will be responsible for the development of a mentor coaching model to increase coaching competencies for coaches who support early childhood programs.

  Early Learning System Initiative

Use of SGLT2 Inhibition to Improve Skeletal Muscle Metabolism in Prediabetes


$891,000 for three years

Funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes for Health.

Led by PI Sean Newsom, Associate Professor

Nearly 90 million adults in the United States have prediabetes and limited options for effective therapeutic intervention. This project will provide a new understanding of the therapeutic potential of using sodium-glucose cotransport 2 (SGLT2) inhibition as a treatment for prediabetes and generate new information regarding the mechanisms to explain how SGLT2 inhibition can improve skeletal muscle metabolism.

  Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory

Determining Musculoskeletal Injury Risk and Risk Patterns following Concussion and SARS-CoV-2 Infection


$189,234 for three years

Funded by the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program, Pacific 12 Conference.

Led by PI Marc Norcross, Associate Professor

This project aims to: 1) determine if student-athletes are at increased risk for muscular or bone-related injury following a concussion or coronavirus infection, 2) identify the specific types of injuries that they may be at increased risk of sustaining, and 3) determine when risk returns to baseline. Findings from this study will inform best-practice recommendations that Pac-12 clinicians can use to help guide return to play decisions and minimize student-athletes’ risk of injury following a concussion or coronavirus infection.

  Sports Injury Prevention Research Group