Oregon State University



Ron Adams

Ron Adams
Interim Vice President
Research Office
Office: 541-737-7722
Mobile: 541-740-7170

Oregon State is one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant institutions in the U.S.,  holds a top tier research designation from the Carnegie Foundation, and is the state's largest public research university. Oregon State research totaled almost $263 million in Fiscal Year 2013, and private sector financing reached nearly $36 million, a 65 percent increase in the past five years.

The OSU Research Agenda, integrated with the university's Strategic Plan, guides faculty inquiry in OSU's three Signature Areas of Distinction: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress.  Faculty engage graduate and undergraduate students in research to both advance this agenda and help develop the R&D talent needed by academic, government, non profit and private industry organizations.

The OSU Advantage connects business with faculty expertise, student talent and world-class facilities to research solutions, bring ideas to market and launch companies.

OSU News

Testing the Winds of Research Trends

Oct 21, 2014

University researchers in pursuit of new funding streams would be wise to track emerging priorities through the White House’s offices of Management and Budget and Science and Technology Policy. These key administrative offices help federal agencies and departments set their R&D budgets by providing annual guidance on science-and-technology priorities for federal investment. The topic areas […] Read full story.

Opportunities in STEM, Disaster Resilience, NSF Tools

Oct 21, 2014

Women in STEM. Oregon State University has received a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve conditions for women in the academic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. As the first Oregon institution to receive a five-year ADVANCE grant, OSU will recruit, retain and promote more women in STEM and the […] Read full story.

Women Nobel Laureates

Oct 21, 2014

On October 5, May-Britt Moser became the 16th woman to win the Nobel Prize in science or medicine. Moser, a Norwegian neuroscientist, won the coveted prize for her part in discovering those important cells in your brain that allow you to navigate your surroundings and remember where you are — the ones that will get […] Read full story.

Avian Nations

Oct 15, 2014

“(Animals) are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” – Henry Beston, The Outermost House Birdlife in Oregon is as diverse as its landscape. Species range from tiny and whimsical (such as […] Read full story.

Blue Carbon

Oct 15, 2014

Looking through J. Boone Kauffman’s photo collection is like thumbing a tropical bestiary. There’s a proboscis monkey from Borneo, its long, lumpy nose resembling an over-ripe mango. A gibbon and an orangutan from Kalimantan. A green python coiled around a tree. A herd of bristle-nosed pigs. A 15-foot saltwater crocodile whose jaw could crush a […] Read full story.


Research Office New Faculty Orientation- REGISTER HERE.  The Agenda for the Orientation is here.

OSU Advantage Update: As you may be aware, President Ray appointed me as the Interim Vice President for Research following the departure of Rick Spinrad, who accepted a position as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.  In my new role, I would like to share an important organizational update. I will continue to lead the implementation of the university’s strategy to expand industry partnering and commercialization of research discoveries. Brian Wall, the director of OSU’s Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, will have expanded responsibilities as director of the Oregon State University Advantage program, managing its day-to-day operations. I will continue to provide executive leadership for the OSU Advantage, a university initiative that began in 2013 to help commercialize innovations, launch new companies, connect existing business with faculty expertise and student talent, and provide Oregon with work-ready graduates needed for economic progress. In his expanded role, Brian will report to me. Additionally, both Brian and I will continue our involvement with the South Willamette Valley Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, which was made possible by legislative funding of $3.75 million last year. OSU and the University of Oregon, along with the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Albany and Corvallis, are collaborating on this broad initiative that leverages the research and educational expertise of academia and moves it toward private economic growth. I represent OSU on the RAIN board of directors, and Brian serves on the RAIN executive working group. The OSU Advantage Accelerator is a key component of RAIN.  Please join me in congratulating Brian on his leadership role with the OSU Advantage and offering your support as he directs this important work on behalf of the university. -- Ron Adams, Interim VP for Research

Phillips named director for OSU Office of Research Development

New Research Office 2013 Annual report. Click here.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking research project proposals from OSU faculty for the 2014 URSA-ENGAGE Program, (formerly called the URISC-START program).  It will provide freshman, sophomore and transfer student researchers (in their first year at OSU) under faculty guidance with stipends of up $1,500 for the winter and spring terms of 2014. The Faculty Research Project Proposal Application Deadline is Nov. 1.  An application and a page of FAQs are available at the URSA Web page - http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/ Questions can be addressed to Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.


New Faculty Orientation 2013. Click here for information.


New Research Office Dashboard.  View a summary of Research and Development Activity.

Research Events


CPHHS Research Seminar

"Animal Assisted Adapted Physical Activity for Children with Motor Disabilities" Wendy Baltzer, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Sciences; Monique Udell, PhD, Assistant Professor, College


Storytelling, Religion and the Contours of Well-Being

It is through stories that most of us not only make sense of the world, but also of ourselves.

In this presentation, I tell a story that


Artist and Photographer John Hilliard speaks at La Sells Stewart

Since the Sixties, artists producing work of a transient

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Corvallis, OR
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