Training and Education

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Researcher training and education

Whether you’re a faculty member, fellow, student, study coordinator, mentor or mentee, OCTRI offers a wealth of educational and training opportunities to hone your expertise in clinical and translational research.


Based at Portland State University, this undergraduate research program supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers.

Learn about one EXITO graduate's success on the OHSU Week podcast series. Listen now.

The BUILD EXITO program has been renewed for another 5 years of funding from the NIH at $19.3M.  Read more about the funding model for BUILD EXITO.

Are you an M.D., D.M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or D.N.P. student who wants to expand your experience with clinical and translational research? Check out these opportunities from OCTRI.

Oregon Students Learn and Explore Research (OSLER) TL1 Program

Research experience and mentorship through stipend-funded yearlong training.

Human Investigations Program: An Integrated Curriculum

An academic curriculum in clinical and translational education, featuring a Master of Clinical Research degree, Certificate in Human Investigations, and individual courses.

Physician-Scientist Experience

The Physician-Scientist Experience provides OHSU medical students with the opportunity to explore translational medicine as a career choice in a 5-month or year-out mentored research experience.

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.

OCTRI supports faculty and fellows in establishing and enhancing their careers in clinical and translational research. For academic educational opportunities, seminars, workshops, and career development funding opportunities, explore below.

Human Investigations Program: An integrated curriculum

An academic curriculum in clinical and translational education, featuring a Master of Clinical Research degree, Certificate in Human Investigations and individual courses.

OCTRI KL2 Program

A two-year career development award for early clinical or research faculty.

OSLER TL1 Program

Training and career development in clinical and translational research for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

OCTRI Scholars Program

Resources for promising early-career faculty applying for a mentored career development award or their first independent research grant.

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training

An interactive and practical 8-hour seminar which meets the NIH requirements for K awards or T awards. Upcoming series dates below.  Participants must attend all sessions.

Clinical Research Coordinator Training Workshop

This one-day workshop, offered quarterly, provides:

  • A basic framework of the role and responsibilities of the research coordinator
  • The regulatory and policy requirements for appropriate conduct of clinical research at OHSU
  • Tools to assist coordinators to successfully perform their role

This course can also be helpful for new investigators interested in learning the nuts and bolts of study operations at OHSU. 

Study Coordinator Training Series

The intent of the series is to provide in depth education through lecture, examples, and exercises on clinical research coordinator activities. Overall objectives are to increase working knowledge of conducting clinical research at OHSU including institutional policies and best practices. 

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For classes that are not currently scheduled, you can indicate your interest in Compass. You will receive a notification when class sessions become available. 

If you have questions about the classes, please contact Bridget Adams

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.

Other Training Opportunities

OCTRI and the School of Medicine have partnered on a multi-year initiative to enhance faculty vitality by providing events and resources to support the ongoing professional development of our faculty.

Mentoring Program

Explore the Mentoring Program website for tools to enhance our mentoring experience. 

Visit the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research website for training curricula to further develop your skills.

Support mentees who belong to underrepresented groups with these mentoring skill from the Institute of Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh

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Innovation training and education

OCTRI strives to cultivate innovation in research.  Whether you have a burgeoning idea or a proof of concept that is ready for design, OCTRI has education opportunities to meet your needs.

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OHSU Biomedical Engineering graduate students, Geoffrey Schau and Erik Burlingame, took home the Impact Award from the 2019 InventOregon final competition. Click image to read more.

The OHSU Student Innovator Challenge is an OHSU student pitch competition, intended for student-led concepts or technologies. Students will come away with the skills and resources to:

  • Develop an effective pitch for a broad audience 
  • Understand the basics of bringing a concept from idea to market
  • Gain practical experience developing an idea into a tangible outcome
  • Connect with expert innovators and mentors from across the region

Winners of the Innovate Challenge on April 28, 2020 have the opportunity to compete for multiple cash awards (up to $30,000) in the InventOR Finals (postponed to) Sept 17-18th, 2020.  

Registration closed on March 15, 2020.  See the full Competition Details .  

Upcoming Competition Dates
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The INVENT Seminar Series hosts experts from the regional life science community to introduce fundamental principles of commercialization and entrepreneurship. This event aims to inspire and guide innovations from the university to the market, offer skill-building opportunities, develop a broad awareness of the commercialization pathway, and create robust networking opportunities.

Participants: The series is open to anyone at OHSU with an interest in innovation as well as the public.

Review series content.  Upcoming schedule and registration info in event list links below.

Upcoming INVENT Seminars

5/05/2020   INVENT Seminar - Topic & location TBD

INVENT and SoPE: Alternative Funding Panel

Past Recording:

3/18/29 Invent and SoPE Alternative Funding Panel

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Join your fellow entrepreneurial-minded colleagues for this lively and informal opportunity to share your ideas and prototypes and receive input from a diverse cross section of clinicians, scientists, engineers, business and commercialization experts, and industry professionals. 

Eligibility: Forum meetings are open to anyone at OHSU active or interested in solving clinical problems with novel technologies regardless of experience level. Experts from outside of OHSU can join the forum by invitation.

Learn more: Contact Sarah Biber, PhD (
Note: Lunch will be provided for all registered participants
Registration: Required 

Upcoming Innovator Forums

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Apply now to participate in the MIT COVID-19 Challenge

***Check back soon for information on the next challenge in the series.***

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is hosting the MIT COVID-19 Challenge, a series of virtual health hackathons focused on developing and implementing immediate solutions to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The next in the series will be held on April 3-5, 2020.  The topics being tackled are: 1) Supporting the Health System, and 2) Protecting Vulnerable Populations.
Here are some ways that members of the OHSU community can get involved:

  • Join a virtual challenge as a mentor or participant.  Apply here. Anyone who is potentially interested in participating as part of an OHSU team should also register here. This will assist us in being able to put together teams from OHSU.
  • Suggest problem statements. What are the specific challenges being faced by our community related to the areas above, and what would it take to implement impactful solutions in a timely fashion? Suggest a problem for teams to tackle here.

For additional information, please contact Sarah Biber, PhD (  

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Increase your SBIR/STTR application's competitiveness with this proposal development resource. OHSU investigators receive free advice and feedback from a panel of SBIR/STTR experts on commercialization strategy and opportunity, research approach, feasibility assessment and overall readiness, among other critical review components. View more detailsClosed to an audience for confidentiality.

Sessions are offered 3 times annually ahead of major SBIR/STTR deadlines. 

Upcoming Commercialization Design Studios

7/xx/2020    Date, time, & location TBD

Contact Melissa Mudd if you wish to present or have questions:

Commercialization Design Studios are offered at no-cost to investigators by the Collaborations and Entrepreneurship (C&E) office and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).

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***Update: This event was originally scheduled for May 1-3, 2020.  It has been rescheduled for October 23-25, 2020 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  We will regroup and share our plan for the new dates soon!

OHSU is joining forces with MIT Hacking Medicine and partners from across the region to bring you the inaugural OHSU Invent-a-thon.  

Join us for a weekend of inter-disciplinary collaboration, inspiration, and creativity as we tackle pressing challenges that face our health care system today.  

If you are healthcare professional, engineer, maker, researcher, entrepreneur, business expert, designer, developer, student, or patient who is interested in advancing healthcare then this is the weekend for you. You will have a chance to join an inter-disciplinary team of fellow innovation enthusiasts, brainstorm and build a prototype, receive guidance from mentors, and pitch a solution to compete for up to $40,000 in team prizes. Come propel an idea into action!  

Learn more and apply at the OHSU Inventathon website.

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BIP Corp is a 4-week biomedical commercialization course designed for the busy medical academician with an early-stage project. 

Registration is currently closed. This course is typically held annually in the Fall. Contact Melissa Mudd for the 2020 course offering:

2019 Syllabus

BIP Corp Fact Sheet

SBIR/STTR grant programs

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The federal government provides early-stage capital for startups through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant programs.  Learn more at:

SBIR/STTR resources

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"All about the SBIR Grant Process: An insider's Perspective", a comprehensive look into the SBIR/STTR programs for OHSU and Portland bioscience community by Dr. Jim O'Halloran, expert SBIR veteran and study section reviewer. 

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Need assistance with market research for your SBIR/STTR application? Survey the competitive landscape with Global Data Medical.  Schedule an appointment with OHSU's Market Research Lab for additional support.

Additional resources

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OHSU's Entrepreneur-In-Residence program offers valuable support to OHSU clinicians and researchers as they develop innovations for commercialization. Listen to Steve Runnels, one of OHSU's EIRs, discuss his role in an interview by EIR Podcast. 

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ScienceDocs provides writing support services for research and startup funding, publication, and technical communications.  Review additional ScienceDocs resources here.

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Ready to discuss your needs?

Contact an OCTRI Navigator for project guidance and support.


Support for entrepreneurship at OHSU

OCTRI's provides entrepreneur education opportunities at no cost to our investigators.

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Human Investigations Program

Advance your clinical and translational education.

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OBI BioScience Map

The Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) developed a BioScience Map that captures all known bioscience companies in the Pacific Northwest.  If you would like to add your company to this map, please visit the OBI website.  Start exploring below!