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Oregon State University

Superfund Research Program

Administrative Core

Project Leader: David E. Williams
Grant Number: P42ES016465
Funding Period: 2009-2025

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Project Summary (2009-2013)

The Administrative Core oversees all SBRP activities. The Project Investigator, Dr. Williams, is at Oregon State University (OSU); the Co-Project Investigator, Dr. Rick Corley, is at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Core personnel have an extensive history of successfully administrating multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional grants including NIEHS Centers, Training Grants and Program Projects. OSU is a leader in toxicology and environmental health research and one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant universities. Recently the College in which 8/11 project or Core leaders reside, ranked first in citation impact (Science Watch). PNNL is one of ten National Laboratories funded by DOE with 4200 staff members and $725 million of funded grants and contracts. The SBRP investigators at PNNL reside in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory with state-of-the-art facilities for bioinformatics and biocomputing. A significant institutional commitment from the OSU Research Office includes $100,000 each year (a $25,000 increase over the original submission) to assist the Administrative Core. These funds allow for additional external advisors and cover expenses for two-way video and audio for meetings of OSU and PNNL personnel. An additional institutional commitment from the College assigns 60% of returned overhead to the PI: $136,000 annually and $680,000 total. This money will be used to enhance the viability of the program. The responsibilities of the Administrative Core can be summarized by four objectives:

  1. Organize, conduct and evaluate meetings and other activities.
  2. Promote infrastructure and research enhancement.
  3. Conduct fiscal management.
  4. Communicate results to peers, stakeholders and the general public.

In addition to the administrative team, with its history of working together on similar projects, this SBRP has personnel with excellent credentials in communication to stakeholders and the general public. Core researchers are confident that they have the right team to lead this effort, strong institutional support and the right balance of structure and flexibility needed for the success of this SBRP.

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