Office of Research News

New PI Portal to launch October 2

Posted: September 19, 2017

On Monday, October 2, 2017, the Office of Research will launch a redesigned PI Portal. Improvements to the PI Portal are based on feedback from portal users from across the university. The new PI Portal features a robust search engine and a responsive and intuitive design, making it easier to view project-related financial information.

In the new PI Portal:

  • The “Home Page” presents a simplified and summarized view of information relevant to you and your role within the university.
  • The “Search” feature allows you to search by project number, title, department or investigator. You can also use keywords to narrow your search further.
  • The “Project Details View” allows you to see project details that include a financial overview, demographics, expenditures, commitments and award documents.
  • The “Line Item Rollup” enables you to create a report consisting of budget and expense information rolled up from selected projects.

Beginning October 2, you will automatically be directed to the new PI Portal when you use your existing links/bookmarks. You can also access the new PI Portal at or click on “PI Portal” listed under eTools on the Office of Sponsored Programs website. To ease the transition, access to the current PI Portal will remain until December 31, 2017, accessible through a link at the top of the new PI Portal. However, we encourage you to explore and begin using the new PI Portal right away.

A variety of training resources are available to help you transition to using the new PI Portal. An online user guide is available in the OR Help Desk knowledge base ( In-person training is also available at many locations across campus. Visit to see the list of available dates and times and to sign up for a training session.

We would like to hear from you to help us make the PI Portal an even better tool. After the October 2nd launch, you will be able to provide feedback via the “Give Us Feedback” button in the lower right corner of the new PI Portal.

If you have questions or encounter any problems, contact the OR Help Desk at or 614-688-8288.

Category : Featured Articles / Office of Research / Office of Sponsored Programs

Enhancing the postdoc experience at Ohio State: Join the conversation

Posted: August 24, 2017

Ohio State’s research enterprise is fueled by the creative contributions of the postdoctoral community. How can we enrich, support and promote postdoctoral training and development across campus? How can we prepare postdoctoral scholars for successful research careers?

Learn more about the new Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, a partnership between the Graduate School and the Office of Research, at one of the upcoming town hall meetings. Share your thoughts about the current and future needs of postdoctoral scholars and their faculty advisors.

Town Hall Meeting Schedule

All sessions take place from noon – 1 p.m. Select the date and location that works best for you.

  • Monday, August 28 (115 Biomedical Research Tower) Register

  • Wednesday, August 30 (1175 Graves Hall) Register

  • Monday, September 11 (352 Research Commons, 18th Avenue Library)

If you have questions, please contact Noah Weisleder.


Category : Office of Research

BETHA 2018 Call for Proposals

Posted: August 24, 2017

Full-time assistant, associate and full professors (with a minimum 75% appointment for a nine or 12-month period) are invited to submit proposals to be considered for 2018 Battelle Endowment funding.

The Battelle Memorial Institute-Ohio State partnership fosters programs that examine the relationship between science and technology and its impact on broader social and cultural issues. Emphasis is placed on educational and public service projects rather than pure research. Interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and collaborations with other institutions are especially encouraged. Projects that address engineering-related topics or feature collaborations between engineering and the social sciences or arts/humanities are particularly welcomed. Typically, three to six awards are granted, ranging from $10,000 to $60,000.  Awards will be made in the spring of 2018 for projects to begin the following autumn semester. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 5 p.m. 

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document below. If you have additional questions not addressed in the FAQ, contact Cheryl Cahlander,, or call (614) 247-4764.

Battelle-Ohio State Partnership History

BETHA Proposal Call 2018

BETHA Proposal Submission Instructions

BETHA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

BETHA Past Funded Projects

Proposal Documents – Fillable PDF
(Note: You must download/save the documents before they can be used as a fillable PDF)

BETHA Proposal Checklist

BETHA Proposal Cover Page

BETHA Budget Summary Form

Category : Featured Articles / Office of Research

Get connected to research at Ohio State: Attend the annual expo Oct. 17

Posted: August 8, 2017

October 17, 2017
Noon to 2 p.m.*Get Connected at the Research Expo
Research Commons
18th Avenue Library (3rd floor)
175 W. 18th Avenue

Fifty exhibitors–research centers, institutes, core laboratories, community partners and campus vendors–will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise. Network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors.

Demonstrations and short talks will be offered to help you learn how to find funding, build a data management plan, use the Buck-IRB system and PI Portal, engage with iThenticate, and more.

*Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for early career investigators. Enjoy exclusive access to the exhibitors.

RSVP today.

If you have any questions, contact Jeff Agnoli at 614-292-6269 or

Talk/Demonstration Schedule:

  • 12:15 p.m.: SPIN Funding Opportunities Database
  • 12:25 p.m.: eCOI (conflict of interest disclosure form)
  • 12:35 p.m.: Data Management Plans
  • 12:45 p.m.: Purchasing Tools (purchasing 101: university funds)
  • 12:55 p.m.: PI Portal (administrative and financial information)
  • 1:05 p.m.:   iThenticate (anti-plagiarism software)
  • 1:15 p.m.:    ORCID (researcher ID)
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Nominations sought for 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award

Posted: August 7, 2017

The Office of Research is requesting nominations for the 2018 University Distinguished Scholar Award (DSA). Each year, through the DSA program, the university recognizes and honors six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or other creative works which represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Recipients of the award receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity.

The deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, October 16, 2017 at 5 p.m.

2018 DSA Nomination Packet (Fillable PDF)
(Note: You must download/save the packet before it can be used as a fillable PDF).

Read about past Distinguished Scholar Award recipients.

Category : Office of Research

Stoodley named director of the Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility

Posted: August 1, 2017

Dr. Paul Stoodley, professor of microbial infection and immunity in the College of Medicine, has been appointed director of Ohio State’s Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility (CMIF), effective July 17, 2017. The CMIF, a university-wide core facility, provides confocal, light and electron microscopy services, as well as live cell and multiphoton imaging capabilities for a broad range of biological samples. The center also offers microscopy advice, education and instrument training, and provides the research community with publication-quality, high-resolution images for use in manuscripts and grant applications.

In this role, Stoodley will work with key partners across the university to coordinate investments for and efficient utilization of specialized equipment, aid in the development of specialized research themes, and enhance Ohio State’s research competitiveness and expansion of extramural funding in the area of advanced microscopy and imaging for biological applications. He will also oversee and manage the overall operations of the CMIF, providing vision and leadership to CMIF staff in establishing goals, objectives and priorities and developing short-term and long-range plans.

Stoodley brings a wealth of expertise to the position, with over 25 years of experience in biofilm research. He served as professor of microbial tribology with the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton University in the UK. While there, he conducted industrially funded collaborations with Southampton General Hospital and the National Oceanographic Centre on developing medical imaging techniques to detect bacterial biofilms in central venous catheters, orthopaedic and dental implants, as well as the early detection of marine biofouling on ship hulls. He also served as associate professor of microbiology and immunology with Drexel University, and vice-director of imaging at the Center for Genomic Sciences at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He joined Ohio State in 2013.

Stoodley received his undergraduate degree in environmental sciences from Lancaster University and his PhD in biological sciences from Exeter University.

Category : Office of Research

Weisleder to lead Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Posted: July 17, 2017

Noah Weisleder, associate professor of physiology and cell biology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has been named director of Ohio State’s newly created Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, effective July 17, 2017. The office, a partnership between the Graduate School and the Office of Research, will serve as a central resource for Ohio State’s postdoctoral researchers.

Weisleder will shape the strategic vision for the office and be an advocate for the more than 675 postdoctoral researchers at Ohio State. He will work to advance postdoctoral training and will maintain close relationships with college deans, department chairs and faculty to enhance that training. He will implement programs and events to enrich the postdoctoral experience at Ohio State and will help prepare Ohio State postdocs for successful research careers in academia, industry, government and other employment sectors.

Weisleder is extremely well qualified to take on this new role. He conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then joined the faculty there as an assistant professor of physiology and biophysics. He began his career at Ohio State in 2012 as an associate professor of physiology and cell biology. In 2015, he was named director of graduate studies at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center where he was responsible for developing engagement activities for graduate students in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. In 2016, he received the inaugural Mentor of the Year Award from the university. He has had numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and is an inventor on nine U.S. patents and several international patents.

Weisleder received his BS in biotechnology and molecular biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his PhD in cell biology from Baylor College of Medicine.

Category : Office of Research