Oregon State University grants and contracts totaled almost $285 million in the 2014 fiscal year. Led by an 11-percent increase in federal funding and a steady rise in private-sector support, research revenues reached their second-highest level ever, enabling work in public health, the environment, advanced engineering and projects to help develop Oregon’s and the nation’s economy.
- Number of Proposals. In FY14, OSU researchers submitted the second highest number of proposals ever, just shy of the number in FY09.
- Awards by Year. OSU achieved its second-highest total research revenues in FY14. The highest level was achieved in 2010 when one-time funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) boosted OSU revenues by $36 million. Without that shot-in-the-arm, FY14 research contracts and grants would be the university’s best year.
- Awards by sponsor type. Competitive funds from federal agencies comprised 60 percent of OSU research funding. Land-grant funding from the state and federal governments account for 21 percent, and industry contributed 13 percent. Additional funds came from foundations, nonprofit organizations and state, local and foreign governments.
- Licensing Incomes
In FY14, business payments to license patented technologies for product development reached nearly $6 million, more than double what the university received in 2010. OSU patents for transparent transistors, wheat varieties and formaldehyde-free adhesives generated most of that income.
- Industry Revenue. Contributing to more than $37 million in industry funding were grants and contracts for research, product testing, licenses and royalties for the use of patented technologies.
- Invention Disclosures. Commercialization of technology begins with an invention disclosure by a researcher. In FY14, OSU recorded 62 invention disclosures through the Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development.