The I3 seed funding program awards grants to four research teams


Four interdisciplinary teams received seed funding through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation to pursue interdisciplinary research projects.

Interdisciplinary initiatives in incubation The prizes, known as the I3 Prizes, will provide up to $50,000 to the following UO research teams:

  • Maxwell Foxman and Amanda Cote, both in media studies/game studies; Henry Wear, sports communications; John Clithero, marketing; and Tara Fickle, English, for “Understanding college esports: economic, institutional and cultural integration”.
  • Thomas Giachetti and Matthew Polizzotto, earth sciences;, with Krista McGuire, biology and environmental studies; and Kory Russel, landscape architecture and environmental studies, and Jun Hak Lee, landscape architecture, “Greywater Recycling Using Pacific Northwest Volcanic Rocks”.
  • Carrie McCurdy, human physiology, William Cresko, biology, and Emily Beck, data science, “Understanding the Effects of a Maternal High-Fat Diet on Egg Quality and Offspring Health Using a Model of inbred fish.”
  • Barbara Muraca, philosophy and environmental studies, with Marsha Weisiger, history and environmental studies; Kirby Brown, English; and Kari Norgaard, sociology and environmental studies, “Indigenous-led framework for collaboration across knowledge and value systems for the conservation of biocultural diversity – the totemic pole journey as a method of communication.”

The I3 Fellowship Program encourages interdisciplinary research at UO and is open to faculty members from all academic disciplines. Because I3 is a seed grant, the program places significant emphasis on projects that are likely to obtain future external funding to continue research that began with internal funds.

UO researchers and scholars submitted a total of 16 entries for the 2021 competition, after the 2020 competition was suspended due to COVID-19. Proposals were evaluated by a large faculty committee comprised of experts in the range of fields represented in the applications, and final funding decisions were made by Cass Moseley, Acting Vice President for Research and Education. innovation.

The I3 program was launched in 2014, supported in part by a donation to UO, and has proven to be a competitive and highly successful program. Since its inception, faculty members have received over $5 million in external funding resulting from research conducted under the Seed Grant.

Past recipients of the I3 Awards have secured follow-up external funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Guggenheim Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Visit the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation website for more information on OU Research Seed Funding and other internal funding programs.


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