Taking a trans-disciplinary approach to addressing the world’s pressing issues, OSU researchers collaborate in three priority areas:

  1. Advancing the Science of Earth Ecosystems
  2. Improving Human Health and Wellness
  3. Promoting Innovation and Economic Prosperity

The university’s research centers and institutes bring together scientists from multiple fields of study for joint research projects clustered around the university’s three priority areas.

Cluster #1

Advancing the Science of Earth Ecosystems

Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies

The Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies brings together university and NOAA researchers in a multidisciplinary collaborative to address the marine environment and sustainable use and management of marine resources.

Hatfield Marine Science Center

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is a leading marine laboratory that hosts research and education programs from seven OSU colleges and six state and federal agencies on its 49-acre Newport campus.  

Institute for Natural Resources

The Institute for Natural Resources, created by the Oregon Legislature, brings the scientific knowledge and expertise of Oregon universities to bear on natural resource management.

Institute for Water and Watersheds

The Institute for Water and Watersheds, established by the Federal Water Resources Research Act, studies water resources and drives technology-transfer activities in Oregon.

Marine Mammal Institute

The Marine Mammal Institute is a one-of-a-kind, multi-disciplinary facility where researchers from around the world discover and preserve critical habitats of target species and study their interactions with the environment and human activities.

Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, facilitates the development of marine renewable energy technologies from waves, tides and offshore winds.

Oregon Climate Change Research Institute

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, created by the Oregon Legislature, is a network of researchers at Oregon Universities, as well as federal and state labs, to foster climate change research, serve as a clearinghouse for climate information and provide climate change information to the public.

Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant, part of the national network of NOAA Sea Grant College Programs, promotes environmental stewardship, long-term economic development and responsible use of America’s coastal and ocean resources.

Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium

The Oregon Space Grant Consortium is a statewide network of universities, museums, educators, researchers, students and scientists promoting STEM education while recruiting and training NASA's next workforce.

Cluster #2

Improving Human Health and Wellness

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing

The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing seeks to improve health, to better use natural and agricultural resources, to understand the global environment, and to develop new bio-based products and energy sources.

Center for Healthy Aging Research

The Center for Healthy Aging Research advances aging research and promotes healthy aging for older adults.

Environmental Health Sciences Center

The Environmental Health Sciences Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health, conducts interdisciplinary studies on environmental stressors and toxicants, including sources of exposure and natural defenses. 

Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families

The Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families promotes the development and wellbeing of children, youth, and families by generating, translating, and sharing interdisciplinary, research-based knowledge.

Laboratory Animal Resources Center

The Laboratory Animal Resources Center supports and manages the care and veterinary oversight of vertebrate animals used in instruction, research, and testing at OSU.

Linus Pauling Institute

The Linus Pauling Institute investigates the role of vitamins and essential minerals (micronutrients) and chemicals from plants (phytochemicals) in human aging, immune function, and chronic diseases, especially heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Moore Family Center

The Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health conducts multidisciplinary studies on nutrition, childhood obesity and related topics, and helps promote healthy eating throughout Oregon and beyond.

Superfund Research Center

The Superfund Research Center brings together a multidisciplinary team to study polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and environmental health issues.

Oregon Wine Research Institute

OWRI is a collaboration between Oregon State University and the Oregon wine industry dedicated to strengthening and disseminating research efforts that support Oregon grapes and wine.

Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems

The Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems is an outgrowth of the OSU Extension Service Small Farms program. It expands the program's work with small farms production and marketing to provide a platform for collaboration across OSU and Oregon, which will help the Center support farmers and build strong local and regional food systems.

Cluster #3

Promoting Innovation and Economic Prosperity

Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities, an interdisciplinary research center, grants fellowships to visiting scholars and OSU faculty, as well as sponsoring conferences, seminars and lectures.

Center for Latino/Latina Studies and Engagement (CL@SE)

The Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement is a research center for integrating the study of Latino communities in the United States with analysis of the histories, politics, cultures, societies and their contributions to a transnational identity.

Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning enhances understanding of how individuals with diverse life circumstances and identities become lifelong learners, practitioners and researchers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 

Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility

The Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility is both an open user facility and an innovation center, providing expertise in thin-film deposition, device fabrication, and materials analysis and serving as a hub for materials and device development.

Microproducts Breakthrough Institute

The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, located on Hewlett Packard’s Corvallis campus, supports hierarchical (nano/meso/micro) product and process development for commercializing nano-manufacturing (nano-materials synthesis, functionalization and assembly) and arrayed microfluidic applications.

Native American Collaborative Institute

The Native American Collaborative Institute facilitates collaboration by identifying areas of research, education and outreach between OSU faculty and staff and tribal communities.

Radiation Center

The Radiation Center’s specialized experimental and lab facilities, including the Oregon State TRIGA Reactor (OSTR) and thermal hydraulic test facilities, serve the entire Oregon University System as well as other organizations nationally and internationally.

Rural Studies Program

The Rural Studies Program is multidisciplinary and teaches classes, conducts research and provides extended education with faculty from many colleges at OSU.

Oregon Signature Research Centers

Three independent, statewide organizations created by the Oregon Legislature pool the talents and resources of Oregon’s universities on behalf of the state’s residents, businesses, services and environment. The Oregon Signature Research Centers are academic, business and government collaborations designed to grow research and commercialization throughout the state. Oregon State University faculty researchers are critical partners in these endeavors.

ONAMI (Oregon Nanosciences and Microtechnologies Institute)

ONAMI grows research and commercialization in nano- and micro-scale science and engineering through strategic investments in Oregon universities; R&D projects; and “gap” grants for start-ups.

Oregon BEST (The Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center)

Oregon BEST supports clean-technology innovation by transforming research into green-collar jobs, greater sustainability, and economic prosperity for Oregon.

OTRADI (Oregon Translational Research and Drug Discovery Institute)

OTRADI facilitates collaboration between private and public entities, including Oregon universities, to discover, develop and commercialize new bioscience discoveries in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices and products.