Earning $336 million in external research funding in FY 2016, Oregon State is one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant institutions in the U.S., and holds a top tier research designation from the Carnegie Foundation. It is the state's largest public research 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 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.
Oregon State's researchers are top-ranked in their fields, hold leadership positions in international and national professional organizations, and have received prestigious honors.
Headed by Vice President for Research Cynthia Sagers, administrators and staff help advance the success of the entire OSU research enterprise by facilitating the rigorous pursuit of discovery, scholarship, and innovation while maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards.
Research Office Contacts
Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD)
Supports research development and commercialization of University intellectual property, focusing on the protection and transfer of intellectual property through license, confidentiality and material transfer agreements. The bridge between researchers and commercial entities, from Oregon-based startups to large international companies.
Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
Ensures compliance with ethical and legal responsibilities in research involving animal care and use, biosafety, chemical safety, scientific diving and boating, radiation safety, and conflict of interest. ORI includes the Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Review Board (IRB), Conflict of Interest (COI), Scientific Boating and Scientific Diving.
Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration (OSRAA)
Central responsibility for proposal submission for sponsored research, scholarship, instructional and other activities, and research compliance as it relates to sponsored activities. Functions include proposal review, monitoring institutional compliance with terms and conditions, official institutional signatory, policy and procedure development, training, compliance activities related to research administration, and general funding opportunity assistance.
Internal funding for research seeding, emergencies, time releases, equipment, and student involvement, and coordination of “limited submission" opportunities .
Research in Colleges, Centers and Institutes
With a transdisciplinary approach to addressing the world’s pressing issues, OSU researchers collaborate to advance the science of sustainable earth ecosystems; improve human health and wellness; and promote economic growth and social progress.