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Research and Innovation Seed Program (SciRIS)

Kim Halsey and student in lab.

The College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS) Program funds projects based on collaborative research within our community and beyond. The program's awards seed funding for high impact collaborative proposals that build teams, pursue fundamental discoveries and create societal impact.

Founded in 2018, SciRIS accelerates the pace of research, discovery and innovation in the College of Science by enabling scientists to work across an array of disciplines in a mentored environment.

SciRIS-ii (individual awards)

Understanding the migrational phenotype plasticity of metastatic tumor cells (2019, 2020)

  • Bo Sun, Physics

Optimal Control of Stochastic Epidemics (2019)

  • Vrushali Bokil, Mathematics

Predicting the trajectory of toxic harmful algal blooms using multi-omics data integration (2019)

  • Kimberly Halsey, Microbiology

Estimating the Number of People Who Inject Drugs in Metropolitan Areas of the United States: A Collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019)

  • Katherine McLaughlin, Statistics

Developing new molecular simulation techniques to discover materials for clean energy applications (2019)

  • David Roundy, Physics

Capturing Molecular Movies of Chloride Biosensors in Action (2020)

  • Chong Fang, Chemistry

Selective, fast-response and regenerable metal-organic frameworks for sampling chemical contaminants in drinking water (2020)

  • Kyriakos Stylianou, Chemistry

Understanding properties of quantum materials for spintronics and magnon valleytronics (2020)

  • Oksana Ostroverkhova, Physics
SciRIS Stage 1 ($10,000)

Integration of Multiple Approaches to Understand IDPs (2017)

College of Science Impact Award

  • Elisar Barbar, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Afua Nyarko, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Weihong Qiu, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Peter Eschbach, OSU Electron Microscope Facility

The College of Science Impact Awards were a precursor of the SciRIS program, providing $10,000 in philanthropic gifts to an early-stage research or innovation project, with a match from the Oregon State Provost office.

Biochemical Barriers on the Path to Ocean Anoxia (2018)

  • Francis Chan, Integrative Biology
  • Stephen Giovannoni, Microbiology

Identifying new antinociceptive compounds for treating chronic pain and itch using in vivo assays (2018)

  • James Strother, Integrative Biology
  • Sandra Loesgen, Chemistry

Leveraging Collaboration to Establish The Microbiome Data Science Center (2018)

  • David Koslicki, Mathematics
  • Thomas Sharpton, Microbiology

An integrative investigation of the role of the gut-brain axis on anxiety in female murine models (2018)

  • Maude David, Microbiology
  • Kenton Hokanson, Microbiology

Performance Optimization of Transistors and Solar Photovoltaics by Ultrabroadband Photoconductance Microscopy of Trap-State Density and Lifetimes (2020)

  • Matthew Graham, Physics
  • Paul Cheong, Chemistry
SciRIS Stage 2 ($75,000)

Structurally Functionalized Nanobodies (2019)

  • Ryan Mehl, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Richard Cooley, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Weihong Qiu, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Chris Cebra, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Shay Bracha, College of Veterinary Medicine

Homoharringtonine: Chemical synthesis and evaluation of designed analogs (2019)

  • Christopher Beaudry, Chemistry
  • Victor Hsu, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Siva Kolluri, College of Agricultural Sciences

An integrative investigation of the role of the gut-brain axis on sex differences in anxiety (2020)

  • Maude David, Microbiology
  • Kenton Hokanson, Microbiology
  • Kathy Magnusson, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine
SciRIS Stage 3 ($125,000)

Homoharringtonine: Chemical Synthesis and Evaluation of Designed Analogs(2020)

  • Christopher Beaudry, Chemistry
  • Victor Hsu, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Siva Kolluri, College of Agricultural Sciences

Read more about SciRIS grants