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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)

Stochastic cascades and energy transfer in equations of fluid dynamics (2022)

  • Radu Dascaliuc, Mathematics


Innovating seed sampling devices and protocols (2022)

  • Yanming Di, Statistics


Establishing a zebrafish model for the study of the BerlinIgene Fer1L6 (2022)

  • Colin Johnson, Biochemistry and Biophysics


Exceptional maps in arithmetic dynamical systems (2022)

  • Clay Pestche, Mathematics


Probability law for 10 quantum electrons (2022)

  • Axel Saenz Rodriguez, Mathematics


Elucidating primary events of engineered photo switchable fluorescent proteins with a powerful ultrafast spectroscopy toolset (2022)

  • Chong Fang, Chemistry


​​​​​Mathematical modeling of Anthelmintic resistance in soil-transmitted Helminths (2022)

  • Swati Patel, Mathematics - Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund

The Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund (DMPF) is to be used for the support of research into the mechanism, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of (human) disease by faculty within the College of Science. Similar to the SciRIS-ii, the DMPF is focused on assisting individual faculty efforts to establish research relationships with external partners specifically related to health science.

The role of the cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (2022)

  • Adrian Gombart, Biochemistry and Biophysics - Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund

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


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 - Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund​​​​​​​


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

  • David Roundy, Physics
SciRIS Stage 1 ($10,000)

Developing a model tropical reef facility within Oregon State's world-renowned John Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Lab (2022)

  • Rebecca Vega Thurber, Microbiology
  • Virgnia Weis, Integrative Biology
  • Jerri Bartholomew, Microbiology
  • Denise Silva, Microbiology
  • Ruth Milston-Clements, Microbiology

Developing more effective mass spectrometry through inclusion of electron diffraction (2022)

  • Wei Kong, Chemistry
  • Lan Xue, Statistics


Engineering Thermal Electronic Converters Using Ultralow Bandgap Semiconductors (2021)

  • Matt Graham, Physics - College of Science Innovation Award

The College of Science Innovation Award (renamed the Industry Partnership Award in 2022) provides resources for projects that take a new direction, utilize a new technology or are in the proof-of-concept phase.

Multi-Scale Approaches to Understand the Roles of Dynamic Protein Complexes in Biology (2021)

  • Elisar Barbar, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Michael Blouin, Integrative Biology
  • Afua Nyarko, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Maria Franco, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Patrick Reardon, Director of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

A Tropical Reef Experimental System at OSUs Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory (2021)

  • Becky Vega Thurber, Microbiology
  • Virginia Weis, Integrative Biology
  • Jerri Bartholomew, Microbiology
  • Ruth Milston-Clements, John L. Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory
  • Denise Silva, Microbiology


Electron Diffraction Adds a New Dimension to Mass Spectrometry (2021)

  • Wei Kong, Chemistry
  • Lan Xue, Statistics


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

  • Matthew Graham, Physics
  • Paul Cheong, Chemistry


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

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.

    SciRIS Stage 2 ($75,000)

    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

    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
    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

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