Taking a trans-disciplinary approach to addressing the world’s pressing issues, OSU researchers collaborate in three priority areas:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Institute for Water and Watersheds, established by the Federal Water Resources Research Act, studies water resources and drives technology-transfer activities in Oregon.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The OSU Mass Spectrometry Center is a central pillar in the network of interactive research at OSU.
The Laboratory Animal Resources Center supports and manages the care and veterinary oversight of vertebrate animals used in instruction, research, and testing at OSU.
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.
The Superfund Research Center brings together a multidisciplinary team to study polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and environmental health issues.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Research Centers and Institutes that are primarily located in Oregon State University Colleges.
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.
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences operates research vessels out of the Ship Operations facility located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. CEOAS is also the lead institution in the design and construction of the next Regional Class Research Vessel.
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.
This station serves as a hub supporting student learning, scientific research, community priorities, and economic opportunities, and supports access to the region’s unique marine and terrestrial ecosystem.
The Sun Grant Initiative is a national program established to create new solutions for America's needs and to revitalize rural communities by working with land-grant universities and their federal and state laboratory partners on research, education and extension programs.
The Andrews Forest LTER program integrates research, outreach and education, and research-management partnerships to investigate forest and stream ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.
The Center for Healthy Aging Research advances aging research and promotes healthy aging for older adults.
The Center for Global Health focuses on critical global health challenges, both present and future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry conducts research to enhance the sustainable chemistry toolbox with new methods and new techniques that will transform the next generation of products, while preparing students to become the next generation of green chemists.
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.
The Rural Studies Program is multidisciplinary and teaches classes, conducts research and provides extended education with faculty from many colleges at OSU.
The Survey Research Center (SRC), was established in 1973 to provide comprehensive professional services to research in all aspects of research surveys.
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 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.
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.
Oregon BEST supports clean-technology innovation by transforming research into green-collar jobs, greater sustainability, and economic prosperity for Oregon.