Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP)

HARP Program

The Hartford Award for Research and Practice (HARP) at OHSU supports innovative research projects to promote healthy aging of people in Oregon and beyond. It includes pilot studies to assess feasibility, collect preliminary data to support an external grant application or implement a process improvement initiative. The HARP program values outcomes, accountability, and program sustainability of research or practice improvements.  Investigators are encouraged to consider the “National Institute on Aging: Strategic Directions for Research, 2020-2025.”

HARP has two OHSU faculty calls. Applications for the School of Nursing HARP (SON HARP) and the Interprofessional HARP (I-HARP) are invited for one-year projects of up to $25,000. Applicants must have a clinical or research doctorate to apply. The HARP program is aimed at early career investigators; all applications will be considered. HARP allows faculty to pursue implementation science and practice transformation. Application announcements are issued annually in the winter, with funding beginning in September.                    

Through generous support from the Frances E. Price Estate - Quasi Endowment, the Hartford Center celebrates a rich tradition of grantmaking "based upon our superb history of quality gerontological nursing students and talented faculty, combined with the national profile of the HCGE and the long-time generous support from The John A. Hartford Foundation," according to the Principal Gifts Office of the OHSU Foundation, who administer the endowment.


  • 20 OHSU faculty research studies funded over the past ten years
  • $487,403 awarded to OHSU faculty and advanced-practice nursing students since 2014
  • Community Impact in Advanced Care Planning for Older Adults, Oral Health Promotion in Rural Populations, and Fall Prevention in Older Adults

The School of Nursing-HARP (SON-HARP)

The SON–HARP is for School of Nursing faculty only. All applicants must have a clinical or research doctorate.

The Interprofessional HARP (IP-HARP)

The IP-HARP is available to all OHSU faculty who hold a clinical or research doctorate. Principal investigators with a primary appointment outside of the School of Nursing require a co-investigator from the School of Nursing.

2023 HARP Recipients

Ruth Tadesse smiles at the camera.
Ruth S. Tadesse, Ph.D., M.S., RN

Ruth S. Tadesse, Ph.D., M.S., RN, has been awarded an Interprofessional Hartford Award for Research and Practice titled, “Behavioral health management interventionists and their experiences in implementing clinical trials of telehealth behavioral interventions”, which will be conducted with Co-investigators Allison Lindauer, Ph.D., N.P. and Aimee Mooney, M.S., CCC-SLP, both from OHSU’s Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Tadesse has assembled a strong research team with extensive experience working together, and, as Principal Investigator, she brings expertise in both the role of a behavioral health management interventionist and the qualitative descriptive methodology to be used.

Dr. Tadesse is an early career investigator with a passion for older adults and those caring for them.

Hiroko Kiyoshi-Teo smiles at the camera.
Hiroko Kiyoshi-Teo, Ph.D., RN

Hiroko Kiyoshi-Teo, Ph.D., RNand her co-investigators, Kathlynn Northup-Snyder, Ph.D., RN and Jennifer Frey, Ph.D., will conduct a secondary data analysis focused on evaluating a subset of recorded motivational interviews on fall prevention (MI-FP) from Dr. Kiyoshi-Teo’s previous K23 study funded by National Institute of Nursing Research (K23NR018672), “Engaging older adults in fall prevention using Motivational Interviewing.”

The research team will also produce educational videos about MI-FP, so stay tuned.