Oregon State University earned $336 million in external research funding in 2016, a second consecutive year of record-breaking growth and an increase of more than 60 percent over the past decade. Oregon State is one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant institutions in the U.S. and is the only university in Oregon to have earned both Carnegie Classifications for Highest Research Activity and Community Engagement. It is the state’s largest comprehensive public university, preeminent for both scholarly achievement and the direct impact of applied development, fulfilling the land-grant mission to serve the public good.
The OSU Research Agenda, integrated with the university’s Strategic Plan, guides faculty inquiry in three signature areas:
- Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems
- Improving Human Health and Wellness
- Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress
Oregon State’s researchers are top-ranked in their fields, hold leadership positions in international and national professional organizations and have earned prestigious honors.
Oregon State scientists study the planet and its inhabitants, from the biggest marine mammal to the tiniest phytoplankton. Scroll through a trove of Terra stories about climate change and wildfire, ocean acidification and oysters, rangeland management and endangered grouse, coral reef decline and lionfish invasions, wave energy and tsunamis and much more.
In fields as diverse as pharmacy, veterinary medicine, microbiology and exercise physiology, Oregon State researchers investigate urgent health concerns, from cancer and infectious disease to metabolic syndrome, environmental toxins, aging, child obesity and nutrition.
Robots, unmanned helicopters, underwater gliders and satellite tracking are a few of the technologies under development by scientists and engineers at Oregon State. They’re designing tools so businesses can grow, farms and ranches can thrive, workers can prosper, forests can flourish and families can be secure.