Oregon State University

Federal Agency Support for OSU Research Leads to Impact

At OSU, we do work that makes a difference you can measure.

From supporting Portland’s signature outdoor and athletic apparel industry and playing a key role in the state’s $4.3 billion agriculture industry, to producing alumni that work in eco-technology, microbrewing and event production, OSU makes a vast and far-reaching impact in Oregon.

Our students, faculty and alumni are committed to creating economic growth through research, entrepreneurship and a dedication to strengthening their communities throughout the state.


Impact from Federal Agency Support

Oregon State University researchers have successfully used support from key federal agencies to develop new energy technologies, increase knowledge of the environment, improve health, and more.

See examples of impact thanks to Federal Agencies:

U.S. Department of Agriculture  |  U.S. Department of Commerce |
U.S. Department of Defense | U.S. Department of Energy  |
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  |  U.S. Department of the Interior |
National Science Foundation | National Aeronautics and Space Administration |
U.S. Department of Transportation


Altogether, Oregon State’s largest grants in FY12 came from six federal agencies and one state agency for work in agriculture, chemistry, public health, cancer prevention, nutrition, environmental protection, alternative energy and marine resources. They include:


    $12 million for the sustainable materials chemistry center (National Science Foundation)

    $7 million for nutrition research and assistance (Oregon Department of Human Services)

    $3.9 million for research to address the growing threat of childhood obesity (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

    $3.7 million for research in support of coastal communities (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

    $3.4 million for a multi-agency ocean research program housed at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

    $2.9 million for the study of diet in cancer prevention (National Institutes of Health)

    $2.8 million for new ways to monitor air and water pollution by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and to protect human health (U.S. Public Health Service)

    $1.9 million to support ocean research through ship operations (National Science Foundation)

    $1.9 million to study methods for producing biofuels from woody debris (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

    $1.9 million for development of aquaculture methods in developing countries (U.S. Agency for International Development)            


More about Oregon State's Impact


$2.06 Billion and Growing

$2.06 Billion and Growing

As the state’s land grant university, Oregon State is primarily focused on the needs of Oregon and its people. That focus has produced a growing impact on Oregon’s economy and quality of life that goes well beyond the state’s borders, affecting our nation and our world . . .


By the Numbers

By the Numbers

When we use the word “impact,” we like to show people what we mean, not just tell them. So we decided the best way to do that was to provide a picture of our impact on the state of Oregon – from the research we do and the economic footprint our university has on Corvallis . . .

Enriching the WorkforceEnriching the Workforce

Oregon State University’s tens of thousands of graduates have made and continue to make significant contributions across Oregon, the nation and the world. For many, OSU’s most prominent graduate is Linus Pauling — a world-acclaimed scientist and peace activist and for whom the Linus Pauling Institute on the OSU campus is named . . .


Supporting Oregon’s EconomySupporting Oregon’s Economy

Serving Oregon’s 36 counties Since 1911, the OSU Extension Service has been providing research-based educational programs across the state. More than 200 Extension faculty are located on the Corvallis campus and in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. Programs focused on agriculture, family and community health, forestry, 4-H youth development and marine resources help Oregonians . . .


Oregon’s Preeminent Public Research UniversityOregon’s Preeminent Public Research University

Oregon State University continues to conduct more research than all other Oregon University System campuses combined. In 2011, Oregon State brought in $261.7 million in research funding — just below the record amount awarded in 2010, when research activity across the U.S. was greatly enhanced by federal economic recovery appropriations . . .


Our Impact in PortlandOur Impact in Portland

Through research and partnerships throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area, Oregon State University faculty and staff are working to improve the economic health and preserve the quality of life of the region and the state. Strategic partnerships with the Oregon Humane Society, government agencies, Oregon Health and Science University and other institutions of higher education . . .


The Next Steps

Oregon’s Commitment for a Better Future.  As Oregon’s land grant university, Oregon State is helping achieve a better future by serving as an engaged partner and investor in initiatives that make prosperity possible throughout the state. Directed by the university’s strategic plan, Oregon State is committed to improving the economy; improving quality of life and . .

Contact Info

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