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

Establishment of Research Centers, Institutes and Core Facilities

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.

Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems

Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Resources Studies

The Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystem and 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.

Pacific Marine Energy Center

The Pacific Marine 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 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.

Improving Health & Wellness

Center for Quantitative Life Sciences

The Center for Quantitative Life Sciences 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.

Electron Microscopy Facility

The Electron Microscopy Facility at Oregon State University (OSU) is a service facility providing faculty, staff, students, and Industrial collaborators access to electron microscopes and related instrumentation.

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.

Interdisciplinary Mass spectrometry

The OSU Mass Spectrometry Center is a central pillar in the network of interactive research at OSU.

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.

Superfund Research Center

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

Promoting Innovation and Economic Prosperity

Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute

ATAMI’s research focus is on advanced materials, processes and manufacturing and very-large-scale Internet of Things. The Institute's mission is to drive economic development in Oregon through research and technology development in new fields originating at OSU.

STEM Research Center

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

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.

Additional Research Centers and Institutes at OSU

Research Centers and Institutes that are primarily located in Oregon State University Colleges