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 healthy aging, chronic disease management, end-of-life and palliative care, and dementia. 


Since its 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 faculty research or practice change projects. There is also funding for doctoral students 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 core values are innovation, accountability for outcomes, and a plan to leverage awarded funds into sustainable programs of research or practice improvements.

Calls for faculty and PhD student applications are made annually in the spring with funding beginning in September of the same year. For more information, please contact the  .

The Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence - Price Quasi Endowment is an award that 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." Our first award was granted in 2014 and since then we have awarded $233,418.