University of Oregon receives NSF Grant

September 26 2007

University of Oregon receives National Science Foundation grant
NSF to fund entrepreneurship collaboration with industry and Oregon universities

EUGENE, Ore. (Sept. 26, 2007)—-The University of Oregon has received a three-year, $435,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation Program to launch the Oregon Technology Entrepreneurship Consortium (OTEC).

OTEC will form a network connecting Oregon’s research universities, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and private industry to infuse Oregon’s economy with cutting-edge technologies, start-up companies, and a pipeline of university-trained scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

“OTEC is emerging as the university’s flagship initiative for integrating graduate education in science, business and law, said Rich Linton, the University of Oregon’s vice president for research. Working in interdisciplinary teams gives our students real-world experience not available in any other academic program. Graduate students participating in OTEC’s pilot project have found their employment opportunities enhanced, and PNNL and the UO have gained valuable insights into the market applications of our technology portfolios.”

To leverage the three-year NSF grant, ONAMI has awarded OTEC an additional $45,000 matching grant, bringing total funding to $480,000. “OTEC will add a unique dimension to what is already a vibrant collaboration between industry, academe and state government,” said Skip Rung, president of ONAMI, the state’s signature research center.

The NSF proposal was prepared by Alan Meyer, Lundquist Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at UO’s Charles H. Lundquist College of Business (LCB), with input from James Bean, dean of the LCB; Randy Swangard, who directs the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship; Barbara Aldave, Stewart Professor of Business Law at UO; and Ron Adams, Oregon State University’s dean of engineering.

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