With the state of the current economy, many research universities across the nation have experienced around a 15% or more decline in research funding. Oregon State University, on the other hand, has manages to be roughly the same as last year with external funding at $261.7 million, down $13.4 million or 4.9% from last year. For 2011, OSU research has brought in $183.7 million in federal awards, just $1 million less than last year, thanks in part to an increase in funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and Department of Interior which offset decreases seen elsewhere.
Even in years of reduced national funding for research, Oregon State University faculty members consistently outperform many of their peers in higher education, ensuring that we continue to grow in areas of strategic focus and enhance our position as the Oregon University System’s leading research institution, said Edward J Ray, president of OSU.
For the fiscal year of 2011, a broad range of issues important to Oregon were funded, ranging from understanding the health needs of seniors to the impact of climate change on essential food crops. Making A Difference: OSU Research in FY11 have more stories about some of the research projects at OSU.