Welcome to the College of Science Research Development Unit Website! 

The College of Science (COS) promotes a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment to inspire discovery and foster innovation. Science faculty and students pursue both fundamental and applied research in over 100 labs across campus. We bring unique talent and capabilities to four key areas of interdisciplinary research with global distinction: Marine Science, Biomedical Science, Materials Science and Data Science. These areas represent our global impact in research vital to human and animal life health, the sustainability of our planet, a strong economy with start-ups and innovative market solutions and scientific discoveries that solve our most pressing problems in these areas. The COS includes seven academic departments and key Research Centers and Facilities that span research across a variety of disciplines.

The Research Development Unit (RDU) within the College is focused on accelerating research growth by leveraging college resources to encourage faculty to address grand societal research challenges and target funding opportunities to increase the size and number of competitive research grants in alignment with the Oregon State University’s Strategic Plan SP4.0, the college’s diversity action plan, Embedding Equity, Access and Inclusion, and the College of Science’s Strategic Plan. The RDU designs and implements services to help faculty, staff and student investigators succeed in obtaining and maintaining intramural funding within Oregon State University (OSU), and extramural funding from federal agencies and foundation grants.

Research Development Unit Staff

Vrushali A. Bokil, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
128 Kidder Hall (541) 737-2609

Bettye L. S. Maddux, Ph.D.
Director of Research Development
128 Kidder Hall(541) 737-7304

Jeffrey Hare, Ph.D. (starting 20 November 2023)
Program Coordinator
128 Kidder Hall
Misty Ayim, MTSC, CRA, Sec+, CySA+
Proposal Support Manager
(541) 737-7270

Download our RDU portfolio

For proposal support assistanceCOS-Proposal-Support@oregonstate.edu 
For general inquiresresearch.development@science.oregonstate.edu 
For Graduate Studies related inquires: cos-gradstudies@oregonstate.edu 


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