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Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships

vice president for research and partnerships

core purpose & values

igniting and catalyzing  excellence in research and creative activity to change people's lives
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Research Highlights FY22


Total Awards in FY23


Million in Sponsored Awards in FY23


Million in Expenditures in FY22*
*Reported to the NSF HERD Survey; Includes Norman programs in Tulsa 

News & Events

Dying with Dignity in Mexico

September 20, 2023

University of Oklahoma assistant professor and medical anthropologist Elyse Ona Singer, Ph.D., has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand the cultural and bioethical dimensions of death and dying. The project grew out of a curiosity that is at once academic and personal.

Energy Research Collaboration Brings Resources to Oklahoma City

September 19, 2023

The University of Oklahoma, working alongside other academic and nonprofit organizations, has been awarded a portion of a $2.5 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The project, which includes research in Oklahoma, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Oregon, will equip more than 200 homes in underserved communities with energy research equipment from Pecan Street Inc., a nonprofit with a mission to accelerate the transition to clean, low-carbon energy through innovative technology and policy.


OU's Research Strategy Emerges from
21st Century GlobalĀ 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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Match Program
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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

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