The funds were provided by a generous gift from David and Donna Gould to establish the College of Science Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund (DMPF)

This fund 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.

Objectives: like SciRIS-ii, DMPF specifically seeks to

  • Identify transformative research opportunities
  • Cultivate external engagements
  • Cultivate ideas that strengthen the research & innovation enterprise

Investment: DMPF funds enable individual PIs to build and solidify relationships with research organizations external to the College. 

Rewards: DMPF investments make faculty much more competitive for grants by providing them with the seed funding necessary to build bridges, demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas, and quicken the pace of scientific discovery. 


  • Partner Engagement
  • Transformative Discoveries
  • Groundbreaking Publications
  • New Proposal Submissions

Example costs supported

  • Research related travel
  • Course buyout
  • Student and postdoc stipends and OPE
  • Materials, supplies, and services
  • Publication costs related to the project
  • Informal Science Education / Broadening Participation training

Award: up to $10,000

Terms: Funds must be expended within one year of award date.

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the College of Science

Proposal deadline: December 15, 2020 and annually thereafter. Check the website for specific focus areas. https://internal.science.oregonstate.edu/research-and-innovation-seed-program

Submission: Submit one combined pdf to bettye.maddux@oregonstate.edu by the deadline.

Proposal Guidelines and Reporting

The project description is limited to two pages.  It should include the following sections: 

  • Vision addressing originality of idea and transformative potential of research
  • Description of external partnership
  • Project Plan
  • Budget
  • Anticipated outcomes, e.g., manuscript, proposal submission, subaward, . . . 
  • Append 2-page biographical sketch of PI to the project description.

Awardee must submit a report describing how the award contributed to advancing a partnership toward concrete outcomes. The report is due a month after the award has ended.

Proposal review criteria
  • How original is the proposed idea? Does the research challenge current understanding? What is the transformative potential of the proposed work? Does the research open pathways to new frontiers of science? 
  • What is the potential of the work to advance knowledge both within a discipline and across disciplines? 
  • What is the potential for a tangible outcome?  What is the potential to strengthen an external relationship via additional extramural funding?
  • Is the proposal related to the mechanism, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease
Cost sharing

Cost sharing is not required.

The full program

  • SciRIS (Stages 1-3) - awards seed funding for high impact collaborative proposals that build teams, pursue fundamental discoveries, and create societal impact (deadlines in April, July)
  • SciRIS-ii (individual investigator) - funds individual faculty who seek to establish or augment research relationships with external partners (deadline in December)
  • The Disease Mechanism and Prevention Fund - supports research into the mechanism, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease (deadline in December)
  • The Betty Wang Discovery Fund - supports College faculty by maintaining state-of-the-art laboratories to advance fundamental discoveries in the basic sciences (deadline in December)

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