Office of Research News

Watch the State of Research address and Innovator of the Year presentation

Posted: January 24, 2017

Dr. Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, delivered the annual state of research address on January 25, 2017. This year’s address was titled “Creative Partnerships, Meaningful Impact.”

When mathematics meets biology, dance meets science or astronomy meets philosophy–researchers can begin to look at the world in a different way. And sometimes, the most amazing results come from unexpected partnerships. Learn more about the surprising collaborations taking place at the university that don’t involve the “usual suspects.”

At the end of the address, the 2016 Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year were named.

Watch the presentation

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State of Research January 25, 2017

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State of Research text

View/download photos from the event

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Innovator of the Year photos

If you have questions, please contact Beth Haas.

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Save the date: Whitacre to deliver state of research address Jan. 25

Posted: October 31, 2016

Annual State of Research Address

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

Dr. Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, will deliver the annual state of research address and present the 2016 Innovator of the Year awards. Learn more 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 Student Innovator of the Year.

Join us for a reception honoring the 2016 Innovators in Woody’s Tavern immediately following the announcement.


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

Category : Academic Centers / Awards / Celebration of Research / Commercialization / Events / Funding / General Information / Innovator of the Year awards / Research Stories / Research Tools / State of Research address / Student Research / Units

Join the campus-wide conversation about infectious disease research

Posted: October 18, 2016

Infectious Disease Research

Help transform Ohio State into a world leader in infectious disease research and education. Share your thoughts about the challenges and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in the infectious diseases arena.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • How can we build multidisciplinary networks in thematic areas?
  • How do we secure large, multi-investigator/center awards?
  • What’s the best way to develop training programs, improve patient care and inform public policy?

Select the date that works best for you:

November 17, 2016, from 3-5 p.m.
November 21, 2016, from 3-5 p.m.
Biomedical Research Tower (Room 115)
460 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210


The conversations will be moderated by Paul Reeder, executive director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Fisher College of Business.

Contact for additional information.



The Center for Microbial Interface Biology (CMIB) is transitioning from a university level center to a more comprehensive institute. With the momentum created by programs such as the Infectious Disease Discovery Theme, Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases and numerous other centers and groups, the expanded institute will provide infectious disease researchers across campus with the ability to construct a more cohesive, robust infrastructure. The infrastructure will support existing strengths, seek new opportunities and facilitate synergistic interactions among researchers in the clinical, basic and social sciences.

Learn more about the strategic plan that is being developed and help build an environment where Ohio State faculty, staff and students can work in innovative ways to address critical issues in infectious disease global health.

Category : General Information

Call for Nominations: 2016 Innovator of the Year

Posted: October 3, 2016

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important that we create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity, Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, and Matt McNair, vice president of economic and corporate engagement, will be presenting three university-wide awards to Ohio State’s most successful entrepreneurs in January 2017.  Nominations are sought in the following categories: Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year. One award will be given in each category.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards are intended to recognize an Ohio State researcher who is working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spinoff companies formed. These activities support economic development in the central Ohio region, and serve to attract companies that create a base of operations within the state. The creation of separate award categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

The Student Innovator of the Year award is intended to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology. This award, which is open to undergraduate or graduate students, may recognize a student start-up company whose success is a result of entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.

We are requesting a maximum of TWO nominations from each college for each category (a total of six nominations per college). A nomination should consist of a letter from the college dean and a summary of the relevant commercialization activities from the nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume. These activities include invention disclosures, patents (applied for and/or awarded), licenses generated and companies formed.

The nominees for the Innovator or Early Career Innovator need not be faculty members, allowing for the recognition of commercialization activities by staff members as well as faculty. For the Early Career Innovator category, a candidate must be either an assistant or early associate professor (if a faculty member), or have been at Ohio State no more than 10 years (if a staff member). For the Student Innovator category, nominees must be undergraduate or graduate students who are currently registered or recent Ohio State graduates (within the last year).

Nominations, and questions prior to nomination, should be submitted to:

Caroline Whitacre
Senior Vice President for Research
Office of Research
208 Bricker Hall
190 North Oval Mall

Nominations must be received by November 21, 2016. They will be reviewed by a committee composed of individuals both internal and external to the university.

The awards for Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year, and Student Innovator of the Year will be presented as part of the State of Research address on January 25, 2017, at the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union.

2016 Innovator Call for Nominations

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Updates to the Buck-IRB system

Posted: August 19, 2016

Several updates to the Buck-IRB system went into effect on August 18, 2016. A number of the updates address requests made by investigators and research staff to enhance the Buck-IRB Work experience.

The updates are described below:

  • in order to prevent errors on the Informed Consent page, whenever a verbal or online script is selected, the request for waiver of consent documentation (or parental permission documentation, as appropriate) will automatically be made by the system
  • an alert has been added to the personal workspace for all Buck-IRB users to indicate if a study is pending signature(s)
  • a Final Study Report form and submission instructions are now available
  • an upload box is now available for studies requesting an Alteration of HIPAA Authorization
  • all personnel listings now have consistent displays of investigator financial conflict of interest (COI) information across all areas and access levels
  • a new action of ‘No Review Required’ was added to Buck-IRB for projects that either do not represent research involving human subjects or where Ohio State is not engaged in the research

Additional updates were made to satisfy regulatory or policy requirements. They are outlined below:

  • investigators studying investigational or FDA-approved drugs will be asked to confirm whether the pending research includes botulinum toxin in any form
  • continuing review expiration letters will state that study reactivation can only occur within 60 days of expiration or a new study must be submitted
  • new instructions are provided for investigators submitting a continuing review after the study has expired and has been terminated in the system

Many other changes will occur with this Buck-IRB update to improve workflow for ORRP staff and IRB members, though the majority will occur behind the scenes with little or no direct impact on investigators.

Log in to Buck-IRB at

For additional information about this Buck-IRB update, please contact Susan Ebert at

Category : General Information

BETHA 2017 Call for Proposals

Posted: August 15, 2016

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 2017 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 2017 for projects to begin the following autumn semester. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 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 Call for Proposals 2017

BETHA Proposal Submission Instructions

BETHA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Descriptions of Past BETHA 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 : General Information

Mears to lead national security, defense strategy

Posted: August 3, 2016

Zachary Mears has joined Ohio State as assistant vice president for national security and research programs, effective August 1, 2016. Zach brings expertise in U.S. national security and defense strategy, planning and resourcing to this new position.

This is a shared leadership position with Battelle and Ohio State’s Office of Research and College of Engineering. Zach will help the university and Battelle develop and implement a strategic relationship management plan related to national security research conducted at Ohio State and Battelle.

Zach will lead the expansion of collaborative research projects, scientific and educational programs and business development opportunities at Ohio State to further the collaborative relationship between the university and Ohio-based federal national security programs. His primary focus will be on the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Zach also will work to develop teams of internal and external partners to identify major state and federal funding opportunities.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Zach served as the deputy chief of staff to the secretary of defense and chief of staff to the deputy secretary of defense in Washington, DC. He advised the secretary and deputy secretary of defense on national priorities and managed their implementation. He also served as the director of the Advanced Capability and Deterrence Panel and led the development of the Third Offset Strategy, which aims to identify new organizational and operational concepts and new capabilities to improve the United States’ military advantage. He also advised the Defense Innovation Unit–Experimental, which is building bridges between the Pentagon and the United States’ technology communities in Silicon Valley and Boston. Prior to these appointments, he served as the director for strategic planning for the National Security Council, where he co-authored the 2015 National Security Strategy. He also worked as a senior defense analyst for Scitor Corporation and as senior consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Zach received his BA in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his MA and PhD in political science from Ohio State.

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