Facilities and Other Resources EXAMPLE

(Updated 9-2-2021 to include MS AZURE SECURE CLOUD Resources)


Facilities & Resources at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Overview. Oregon State University (OSU) was founded in 1868 and is the state’s Land Grant University, one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant institutions in the United States.  As Oregon’s leading public research university, OSU is the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designations for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. OSU’s Strategic Plan III for 2019-2023 includes a focus on Preeminence in Research, Scholarship and Innovation. This focus builds on the University's core public outreach and collaborative research strengths, scholarship and innovation of its faculty, graduate and professional education, and OSU's relevant and enduring national and international partnerships. Research funding at Oregon State University increased by more than $10 million in FY20 to almost $450 million, setting a university record and marking the third time in four years that OSU’s research awards have totaled more than $400 million. Funding was received from state and federal governments, businesses and foundations for research on a wide range of projects in natural resources, health, engineering and science across the state and around the world. OSU’s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 11 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport, OSU-Cascades in Bend, OSU has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.371 billion. Collaborations take advantage of shared missions, joint research, and mutual efforts to advance OSU’s excellence in high quality research, teaching, including post-doctoral education, and service. Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 28,500 students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries.


The Division of Health Sciences has been part of OSU’s Strategic Alignment since it was formed in 2009 and includes the Colleges of Pharmacy, Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. New and ongoing collaborations between our colleges take advantage of shared missions, joint research, and mutual efforts to advance our excellence in teaching, research and outreach. 


The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) is a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited School of Public Health and the fourth largest college at OSU. The College’s mission is, “through integrated education, research and outreach, we advance scientific discovery and implementation of ideas to improve population health and prepare the next generation of globally-minded public health and human sciences professionals.  As part of a land-grant university, we connect our science to the policies and practices in communities to increase people’s quality of life and capacity to thrive.”  Through interdisciplinary research and innovative curricula, we advance knowledge, policies and practices that improve population health in communities across Oregon and beyond.  CPHHS includes two schools, the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, and four collaborative Research Centers: Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families; Center for Healthy Aging Research; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health; and the Center for Global Health CPHHS received $21.8 million in sponsored awards in FY 2020. CPHHS provides administrative service to all faculty. Dedicated full-time staff is available for grants management, technology transfer and facilities support. The OSU Extension Service has over 100 years of outreach at Oregon State University and includes to community stakeholders across the state in Family Community Health Program and 4H Programs. Faculty have significant expertise in identifying community needs and community evaluation.


OSU Office of Research Integrity Human Research Protection Program

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and IRB support OSU’s commitment to research by working to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects who participate in research; promoting the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice; and by assisting the OSU community in ensuring compliance with the standards set forth in the Common Rule (45 CFR 46) by the Department of Health and Human Services. All research projects involving human subjects must be submitted for IRB review. IRB approval for these projects must be granted prior to the initiation of any study activities, including recruitment or analysis of existing data. Federal Wide Assurance (FWA): 00003920 expires 11/14/2023. HRPP resources will support and oversee this project.


OSU Research Center Resources

OSU Center for Quantitative Life Sciences , formerly the Center Genome Research and Biocomputing (OSU-CQLS) facilitates genome-enabled and data-driven research in the life and environmental sciences at OSU and across the state. The OSU-CQLS offers leadership, training and services to faculty, staff and students through expert staff, core laboratories, computational facilities, seminars and technology workshops, and conferences. It provides a focal point for researchers to establish contacts, initiate collaborations, and apply new technologies in their own laboratories. Research in the CQLS and faculty affiliate laboratories seeks to improve health, better utilize natural and agricultural resources, understand our global environment, and develop new bio-based products and energy sources.

The CQLS employs eight full-time staff and one part-time statistician dedicated to biocomputing and bioinformatics. The overarching goal of the CQLS Bioinformatics and Biocomputing group is to facilitate biological research using computational tools. Services provided by the Bioinformatics and Biocomputing group include: processing of high throughput DNA sequence (HTS) data; processing of large data sets using deep learning technologies; provision of data management software including tools and procedures for analysis and distribution of HTS and biological imaging data; setup, optimization, maintenance and backup of the research computers owned by investigators and housed in the CQLS server room; access to grid computing resources on the CQLS cluster or on external clusters; access to FPGA and GPU technology; access to virtual servers with web, database, and data science services; training of investigators in programming and use of bioinformatics software; hosting a large variety of in-house and commercial bioinformatics tools; statistical consultation, experimental design and analysis; and collaborative research.

The CQLS’s biocomputing infrastructure includes a distributed service architecture, a large compute cluster, a secure network and climate-controlled server spaces. The CQLS also hosts the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Teaching Facility (ACTF), a high-performance computing cluster dedicated to instruction in bioinformatics and data sciences. The CQLS utilizes the ACTF and employs dedicated staff for training in biocomputing in topics including data management and curation, programming and software development, and analysis of next-generation sequencing data (RNA-Seq, GBS-Seq, and Metagenomics). CQLS staff additionally provide access to the ACTF for non-CQLS training workshops or classes needing computational support, including training instructors in its use.

CQLS Health Data & Informatics (HDI) Program. The HDI Program (led by Dr. Hynes) is focused on providing resource planning support, establishing new resources, and developing opportunities for collaboration for researchers whose research involves health data and data science methods using health data. The HDI program promotes and actively facilitates the use of REDCap as a resource for collecting and managing research data. CQLS-HDI have OSU-specific training resources in addition to the REDCap Consortium resources for REDCap users.  The HDI program holds periodic forums to bring together researchers to share experiences about work in progress regarding health data methods, resources, regulatory issues; novel datasets; and development of new tools/software for health research.

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The OSU research team will utilize computing resources in the CQLS.  The team will benefit from close proximity to the CQLS staff experienced in working with software for data collection and management (e.g., REDCAP and Qualtrics) that may be used for data management for the project, and general experience working with large datasets, complex computing environments, and analysis of large data files (R, SAS, and STATA).

Regarding collection and processing of sensitive data, e.g., Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (PHI), such as the electronic health record data for this study, will be performed in platforms hosted in the Microsoft (MS) Azure Secure Cloud environment. These platforms facilitate the secure collection of data such as through REDCap or uploading/depositing of sensitive data.  These data can then be securely exported into secure Windows Virtual Desktops for analysis using a variety of programs, e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, and Microsoft Office. The Azure environment will enforce security compliance to the HIPPA Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF) and be audited and monitored by OSU’s Office of Information Security’s (OIS) Security Operation Center (SOC).

 OSU-Information Services (OSU-IS).builds and maintains a technology ecosystem at OSU that enables scholarship, learning, and community engagement in an environment where innovation and academic excellence thrive.  OSU-IS provides telephone equipment support, audio, video and web conferencing and collaboration tools are provided to the OSU faculty and staff. OSU has a Zoom site license, a web collaboration tool effectively giving all staff/faculty their own account to host conferences (screen sharing, audio/video conferencing, file sharing, IM chat, etc.) with the ability to bring in standards-based video conferencing (i.e., Polycom or Cisco room-based video system) endpoints into the Zoom session. The combination of technology and communication supports, computer and server resources, and software licenses contributes to the potential for success by assuring both efficient data handling and optimal communication among members of the research team. 


OSU Computer and Office Support. Necessary computing capability and software are available for the project. OSU provides faculty and students with access to a wide variety of computer services/resources throughout the University, including: a central computer account enabling access to the Internet, electronic mail, secured server space which is backed-up in a secured location daily, and access to a central Unix computer system. Computer hardware and standard software packages are supported by the University’s Community Network (CN). CN provides computer system security assessments, data backup systems, and secure storage options for restricted information (including password protected folders and data encryption) and a 24-hour hotline for immediate IT support. Shared file space is available to any unit that needs a network location to store and share files. The servers are backed up daily and backups are maintained for six months for restoration purposes. All computer resources and services described above will be available to the project. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences has a dedicated computer technician to assist faculty with all computer-related needs.


Telework support.  The OSU personnel also have support for telework, used regularly, and heavily during the COVID-19 pandemic to reinforce safety and health.  Users log in to university resources via secure VPN for accessing sensitive computer resources, including videoconferencing, MS Teams for secure project management and DocuSign tools for secure document management.