Sponsored Research Funding Highlights

FY 2020

During FY20, CPHHS faculty submitted 169 research proposals and received a total of $21,844,277 in sponsored grants and contracts, which is the highest total ever, $3 million more than last year and exceeding our previous record (FY18) by more than $1.5 million!

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 private foundations and non-profit organizations, state agencies and industry.

Below are examples of notable new research awards received in FY 2020. These awards represent the college’s diverse disciplines and reflect our commitment to embrace innovative approaches, conduct community-based 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 2020 include


Children's Flame Retardant Exposures Measured by Passive Wristbands: Sex Specific Associations, Social Adversity, and Socio-Cognitive Development

Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes for Health, $3,674,145, and the Boeing Company, $167,000, for a total of $3,841,145 for five years

Led by PI Molly Kile, Associate Professor and Shannon Lipscomb, Associate Professor

This study will follow 600 young children for three years by using wristbands that detect very low levels of 43 different flame retardant compounds. The data collected will allow researchers to examine the association between flame retardants and social stressors on children’s neuro-cognitive development, social behaviors and executive functioning. Identifying modifiable environmental factors that impact childhood development is a public health priority because this information can inform interventions and policy decisions.


Discovery of Biological Signatures for Cruciferous Vegetable Intake: Integration of the Broccoli- and Host-Derived Metabolome and the Microbiome

Funded by the National Institutes of Health and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture – National Institute on Food Safety, $2,319,686 for five years

Led by PI Emily Ho, Professor and Director of the Linus Pauling Institute, in collaboration with PI Fred Jan Stevens, Professor, College of Pharmacy.

This study will address the need for objective and reproducible measures of dietary intake, metabolism and metabolic/anti-cancer impacts of cruciferous vegetables by creating and validating new and innovative metabolomics-based molecular signatures that will provide the ability to accurately quantify and interpret the dietary relevance of their intake. The development of novel metabolomics biomarkers of food exposure has the potential to dramatically alter the field of nutrition epidemiology and chronic disease risk by improving our tools to assess dietary exposures.


The Evaluation of a Multi-Site Novel Imitation Based Animal Assisted Intervention for Children With Developmental Disabilities and Their Family Dog

Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health, $1,840,545 for five years

Led by Co-PIs Megan MacDonald, Associate Professor, and Monique Udell, Associate Professor, Animal Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

This study will develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a physical activity intervention that utilizes family dogs to address the needs of adolescents with developmental disabilities. The goal of the project is to meet a critical need for strategies that encourage an active lifestyle for adolescents with developmental disabilities.


Impacts of Vehicle Emission Regulations and Local Congestion Policies on Birth Outcomes Associated With Traffic Air Pollution

Funded by the Health Effects Institute for the Environmental Protection Agency, $1,200,000 for three years

Led by PI Perry Hystad, Associate Professor

This project will evaluate air quality changes associated with regulations for national motor vehicle emissions, as well as a diverse array of local congestion reduction programs implemented in Texas over the past 25 years. Texas provides an interesting test case as 1.7 million pregnant mothers lived within 500 meters of a Texas highway or expressway during this period. The research will provide robust new evidence on the impacts of emission regulations and local congestion policies on birth outcomes, an important health outcome linked to air pollution exposures.


Opening the Conversation for Couples With Reproductive Health Concerns

Funded by the American Cancer Society; $792,000 for four years

Led by PI Jessica Gorman, Assistant Professor

The goal of this project is to examine whether an empirically supported intervention, adapted to explicitly focus on the reproductive health consequences of cancer (Opening the Conversation), leads to greater improvements in reproductive distress than the original intervention (Side by Side). The investigators will produce a feasible and effective program to reduce reproductive distress and lay the groundwork for making this program available to a wider audience in real-world settings.


A Community Dissemination Intervention to Increase the Reach of Current HIV Testing Systems: An Exploratory Study

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, $607,537 for two years

Led by PI Peggy Dolcini, Professor

Identifying cost-efficient methods to increase HIV testing is key to reducing the spread of HIV. This study will use a community-engaged approach to develop a culturally sensitive intervention to increase the uptake of no-cost Oral-Self-Implemented HIV testing (Oral-SIT) in Portland, Oregon. The results of this study will provide critical information to inform the development of a clinical trial for a multi-component dissemination intervention in lower prevalence cities that will identify new HIV cases and link them to care.


Team-Based Rapid Assessment of Community-Level Coronavirus Epidemics (TRACE)

Funded by Pacific Source Health Plans, $800,000 for one year

Led by Co-PIs Jeffrey Bethel, Associate Professor, and Benjamin Dalziel, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Science

TRACE-COVID-19 is a public health project that is gathering timely information to inform measures to slow the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2, and minimize the impact of the disease. Using a community-based approach, the study rapidly assesses the prevalence of the coronavirus in Corvallis, Bend, Newport and Hermiston with the goal of expanding capacity to other Oregon communities and across the nation. The TRACE study is a partnership among five OSU Colleges including Science, Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Public Health and Human Sciences, and the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Benton County Health Department.


Family Leave and Family Self-Sufficiency: Evidence From Oregon

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $500,000 for five years

Led by PI David Rothwell, Associate Professor

This research will study the impact of the new Oregon Paid Family and Medical Leave (OPFML) measure, which was voted into law in summer 2019. Over the next five years, the study will examine how OPFML is implemented, who enrolls, and its impact on family economic security and self-sufficiency.


Improving Vessel Equipment: Evaluating Fishermen-Led Safety Design Ideas in the Dungeness Crab Fleet

Funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $457,477 for two years

Led by Co-PIs Jay Kim, Assistant Professor, and Laurel Kincl, Associate Professor

This research will evaluate fisherman-led interventions to reduce non-fatal injuries among commercial Dungeness Crab fishermen. The study will focus on physical exposures, their related injury outcomes, and an engineering intervention.