Gerontology Research

The School of Nursing has access to an enviable array of resources including collaboration with clinical partners at OHSU schools, clinical sites, and laboratories; as well as strong research partnerships with scientists at the Knight Cancer Institute, the Layton Center for Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, and other institutions in the community. 

One of the overall goals of the HCGE is to advance the science of gerontological care by increasing faculty leadership and research productivity. 

Research interests are focused on addressing important health issues for older adults and are varied with strength in the areas of chronic disease management, end-of-life and palliative care, dementia, and aging well. 

Since the HCGE's inception in 2001, gerontological nursing researchers at OHSU School of Nursing have garnered over $34 million in direct cost research awards. This funding allows us to turn ideas into innovations that advance knowledge development and dissemination and that, ultimately, advance the nursing discipline. We are committed to evidence-based practice and translational research and moving our research findings from theory and science into care delivery, resulting in improved health outcomes.

Hartford Award for Research and Practice

The purpose of the Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP) program is to improve the health and health care of older adults through research and innovations in care by providing support for OHSU faculty research or practice change projects. There is also funding for doctoral candidates whose focus is on the health and healthcare of older adults and who are in the final stages of completing dissertation research.

The HARP program's core values are innovation, accountability for outcomes, and a plan to leverage awarded funds into sustainable programs of research or practice improvements. This one year, small grant program is targeted at early career investigators.

Calls for faculty applications are made annually in the spring with funding beginning in September of the same year.

We have two faculty calls: the School of Nursing-HARP (SON-HARP) and the Interprofessional HARP (IP-HARP). All applicants must have a clinical or research doctorate, but the SON–HARP is for SON faculty only. The IP-HARP is available to all OHSU faculty including those with appointments at the Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, and Medicine, and the College of Pharmacy. For the IP-HARP, if the proposed Principal Investigator holds a primary appointment outside of the SON, there must be a Co-Investigator from the SON. An interprofessional research team is a requirement of this award.

We have funded twelve studies over the past six years on wide-ranging topics including symptombiology in heart failure, fall prevention, oral health clinical training, and dyadic research with multi-generational family members. Since 2014, we have awarded $348,408.

The HARP for doctoral dissertation research is support for qualified doctoral students who are in final stages of dissertation research, i.e., the final year, in the OHSU School of Nursing Ph.D. program. There is an "open call" for Ph.D. student proposals. Proposal guidelines for applications and eligibility requirements can be found here. For more information, please contact the Hartford Center Project Administrator .

The Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence - Price Quasi Endowment was entrusted to the Hartford Center at OHSU by the OHSU Foundation in 2013. At the time, the Principal Gifts Office at our Foundation, explained the Foundation's Board of Trustees awarded the entire Frances Price endowment to the Hartford Center "based upon our superb history of quality gerontological nursing students and talented faculty, combined with the national profile of the HCGE and the longtime generous support from The John A. Hartford Foundation."