Office of Research News

2018 President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program call for nominations

Posted: January 11, 2018

The Ohio State University President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PPSP) seeks to recognize outstanding young researchers at the university and aid in the recruitment of highly qualified postdoctoral fellows who will become leaders in their fields.

The program will provide funding to support further scholarly training of PhDs and terminal degree holders who wish to pursue careers in research and creative expression. Postdoctoral research funding, professional development and faculty mentoring will be offered.


Awards will provide salary support (starting at $50,000), benefits (including health insurance, paid vacation/sick leave) and up to $5,000 for research-related and program travel expenses. Each award is for a minimum of 12 months and may be renewed for an additional term upon demonstration of academic/research productivity and adequate career development as evidenced by successful implementation of a mentoring plan.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Hold a PhD or other appropriate terminal degree from an accredited university before the start of their postdoctoral training.
  • Show evidence of superior academic achievement (such as research or creative expression outcomes, honors or other academic designation).
  • Obtain the sponsorship of a tenured Ohio State faculty member who is willing to serve as their primary mentor (cannot be their Ohio State dissertation advisor).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a career in research and creative expression (preference will be given to candidates who wish to pursue academic careers).
  • Present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

Evaluation of Nominations

Faculty reviewers will evaluate candidates based on their academic accomplishments, including the strength of their research/creative expression and career potential in higher education or industry. Faculty reviewers may also take into consideration the faculty mentor/sponsors potential to work productively with the nominee and contribute to the nominee’s career development based on their previous success in mentoring postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.


Submit nominations using the PPSP nomination form. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

For additional information and submission instructions, download the call for nominations.

Direct questions to:

Marcela Hernandez, Administrative Director
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Office of Research systems upgrades Jan. 5-6

Posted: January 4, 2018

The Office of Research (OR) Information Systems group will be conducting system upgrades Friday January 5 at 6 p.m. through Saturday, January 6 at noon. During this time, the OR suite of applications, including Buck-IRB, e-Protocol, e-COI, CITI, ePA-005 and PI Portal, will be unavailable.

Please contact the OR help desk if you need assistance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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New date for the State of Research Address and Innovator of the Year Awards: March 6

Posted: December 14, 2017

Annual State of Research Address/Innovator of the Year Awards

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

8:30 a.m.
U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Ohio Union

The annual state of research address and presentation of the 2017 Innovator of the Year awards is scheduled for March 6, 2018 (originally scheduled for February 7, 2018). Learn about the breadth, scope and excellence of Ohio State’s research programs. Be one of the first to find out who will be this year’s Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Next Generation Innovator of the Year (formerly the Student Innovator of the Year).

A reception honoring the 2017 Innovators will take place at Woody’s Tavern immediately following the announcement.

Contact Beth Haas at or 614-688-4725 with questions.

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Research integrity at Ohio State: New training requirements for research eligible personnel

Posted: December 7, 2017

Maintaining the highest standards of integrity is a foundational element of Ohio State’s research mission and focus of its strategic vision. Accordingly, the university is embracing a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that calls on research institutions to maintain standards of conduct that go beyond compliance with federal regulations.

As noted in an email communication from Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, Ohio State is now requiring that all research eligible faculty, staff and students involved in the design, conducting or reporting of research be trained in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Research eligible personnel include:

  • Full, associate, assistant and emeritus professors conducting research
  • Employees with “research” in their titles (e.g., research directors, assistant directors, coordinators, managers, specialists, statisticians, aides, assistants and associates)
  • Postdoctoral fellows and researchers; graduate associates, fellows, and trainees; and undergraduate fellows and trainees.

Research eligible faculty, staff and students are required to complete the RCR training by the end of the academic year in June 2018. The course is available online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI). Please note that this requirement is in addition to any other RCR training that you may have taken to date.

For more information or to access the training, please see Responsible Conduct of Research.

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Moses named interim senior vice president for research

Posted: November 17, 2017

Randy Moses, senior associate vice president for research and professor of electrical and computer engineering, will serve as interim senior vice president for research, effective January 1, 2018. A national search for a new senior vice president will be conducted. David Williams, dean of the College of Engineering and executive dean of the professional colleges, will chair the search advisory committee.

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Senior VP for Research Caroline Whitacre to Retire Dec. 31

Posted: October 18, 2017

Caroline Whitacre

Senior Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre

Dr. Caroline Whitacre will be retiring from the university after 36 years of service on December 31, 2017. She recently completed her second term as senior vice president for research. Dr. Whitacre joined the Ohio State faculty in the College of Medicine in 1981. She has served in a number of leadership positions, including associate VP for health sciences research and vice dean for research in the College of Medicine; director of the School of Biomedical Science; and chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. She is recognized widely for her scholarship on autoimmune disease and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. As senior VP for research, she has led planning and infrastructure support for our basic and applied research programs. She has helped lead efforts to stimulate research and discoveries that impact communities locally, nationally and globally.

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New Online Risk Assessment Tool Launches November 1

Posted: October 16, 2017

The Office of Research and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety are launching a new user-friendly web-based tool for conducting risk-based assessments – the Online Risk Assessment Tool (ORAT). The ORAT will replace the existing Occupational Health Registry on November 1, 2017.

Because it is important that you understand the potential risks associated with your research or job-related duties – especially when there are potential risks due to contact with animals, hazardous agents, operations or environments – the ORAT will walk you through the process for assessing your job-based risks. It employs a simple question and answer model that builds a personalized risk assessment designed to the specific hazards you may encounter as part of your work-related responsibilities. The ORAT also provides you with an opportunity to consult with an occupational medical professional. Expect to see faster turnaround times and enhanced customer service with the ORAT because of its streamlined approach to conducting risk assessments.

Completed assessments will be reviewed by the appropriate department (i.e., Environmental Health and Safety, Employee Health or Student Health) upon submission. You will be contacted if a medical consultation or other action, such as training or safety consultation, is recommended.

If you have completed the Occupational Health Registry in the past, you will receive a notification near your next annual renewal date prompting you to complete the ORAT. If you have never completed an assessment but need to do so, please utilize the ORAT beginning November 1. You will be able to access the ORAT at

Please send all questions or comments regarding the ORAT to

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