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Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships

vice president for research and partnerships

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igniting and catalyzing  excellence in research and creative activity to change people's lives
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Research Highlights FY23


Total Awards in FY23


Million in Sponsored Awards in FY23


Million in Expenditures in FY23*
*Reported to the NSF HERD Survey; Includes Norman programs in Tulsa 

News & Events

Kash Barker, Ph.D..

Study Examines Risk Mitigation of Climate Refugees

June 12, 2024

Kash Barker, a professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, has received funding through the Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative to examine socio-economic vulnerability to climate change.

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Oklahoma Researcher to Lead Pacific Ocean Scientific Cruise

June 04, 2024

Wei Qin, an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Oklahoma, will study marine microbial ecology in the North Pacific thanks to a combined $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System.


OU's Research Strategy Emerges from
21st Century Global Grand Challenges



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Aerospace, Defense, and Global Security

Our mission is to perform research, education, and service to address aerospace, defense, and global security challenges relevant to our local, national, and global partners. We will foster an inclusive environment that enables convergence research, leading to the development of innovative and timely solutions to critical problems.

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Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

To transform energy systems and communities to become more resilient and sustainable while protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services.


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The Future of Health

Using innovative approaches, concepts, and applications, we will positively transform the health of all peoples and the biosphere in which we exist.

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Society and Community Transformation

Transforming societies by setting the national standard for convergent, community-engaged research and creative activity.

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Enabling Cross Cutting Foundational Capabilities




Internal Support & Seed Funding

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Big Idea Challenge
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Significant Impact Research Grant Program
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Strategic Equipment Investment Program
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Humanities and Arts in Society Seed Grant Program
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Bridge Funding Investment Program

Research Notices