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In 2017, Oregon State University set a new record for research funding of $441 milllion. Cynthia Sagers, Vice President for Research, discusses the impact behind the numbers and what this funding means for the state of Oregon and beyond.
Oregon State University grants and contracts totaled almost $382 million in the 2018 fiscal year. As Oregon’s land grant university, OSU conducts research from basic science to projects inspired by the needs of businesses and the public. For example, with funding from the state Legislature, OSU researchers are gathering data on the nesting behavior of a threatened seabird, the marbled murrelet. The goal is to inform forest harvesting practices that protect the species, which spends most of its life at sea and nests up to 50 miles inland in large trees.