Research Projects

College faculty with research appointments are eligible to join Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES) research projects. There are a number of types of research programs and projects supported by OAES through formula funds secured from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and appropriations from the State of Oregon. Explore the links below for more information about these programs and projects or contact OAES Headquarters Staff.

NIFA’s unique mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. NIFA doesn't perform actual research, education, and extension but rather helps fund it at the state and local level and provides program leadership in these areas. Their funds support new and innovative research and assist faculty in developing preliminary data. Research activities require review and approval prior to implementation.

Hatch Collaborative Large, interdisciplinary, integrated projects that address complex problems facing society. In addition, these projects include at least two of the Land-Grant missions, i.e., research, extension and education.

Current topics: Food Security, Food Safety, Climate Change, Energy, Obesity

Hatch Standard Conducted by an individual or small team, these address a fundamental or applied research issue critical to the state, region or nation. These may focus on research or integrate more than one mission area (i.e., research along with extension or education).
Hatch Multistate These enable research on high-priority topics among the State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) in partnership with the NIFA and other research institutions and agencies. Multistate projects may include extension specialists, Agricultural Research Service or Forest Service research scientists, as well as private sector participants. Multistate projects may have participants from more than a single region.
NIFA Animal Health & Disease AHD is a national program which provides formula funds for pre-harvest animal health research in each state. This is supported by NIFA and various commodity growers and associations across the U.S.

Priorities:  Nutrition, Reproduction, Breeding & Genetics, and Sustainable Production
OAES State projects (conducted by an individual or small team) address a CAS strategic goal through fundamental or applied research activities. The proposed project goals and objectives must yield products and outcomes critical to the benefit of the state, region or nation.

Goal Areas:  Ecosystem, Water Resources, Sustainable Production, Food Safety & Value, Bio-based Products, Rural Communities & Individuals

Joining or Initiating Station Projects

College faculty should contact OAES staff within six months of hiring start date to inquire about types of projects available. OAES staff will assist faculty on how to join or create new projects. New projects require proposals. OAES staff will provide instructions and templates for proposal development depending upon which type of project is to be developed.

Reports of Accomplishments (ROA)

College faculty must submit a ROA for their work activity either via a MS Word document or through a Qualtrics survey. Information provided should demonstrate the relationship of project results to CAS or NIFA goals and to the original state project objectives. Additionally, it is expected that reports will project milestones and outcomes and, when appropriate, include “Stories” of impacts. In addition to the narrative describing outcomes and impacts, faculty should annually submit a list of publications (with full citations), workshops, websites, or other products. Student accomplishments and theses should also be provided.  Final reports should summarize the achievements produced over the lifetime of the project.

Deadline for station project reports is December 15. Competitive projects need to report on their anniversary date.