Susan Cooper holding a test tube in a chemistry lab


Our research funding has more than doubled over the last 20 years and encompasses thousands of scholarly, scientific, and creative endeavors. It contributes millions of outside dollars to the state, generates jobs, and fuels innovation. It gives rise to groundbreaking discoveries, innovative technologies, and inspiring creative works. It enriches our culture, advances the economy, and improves the health and well-being of Oregon, the nation, and the world.

Oregon Research

Research by the Numbers*

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*Fiscal Year 2016-2017 

Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

The University of Oregon's Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is an ambitious $1 billion initiative to fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and the world. The Knight Campus will work to reshape the state’s public higher education landscape by training new generations of scientists, engaging in new interdisciplinary research, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

“This is a seminal moment for the University of Oregon, an inflection point that will shape the trajectory of the university for the next century and beyond.”
—University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill

Knight Campus



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Teams of new top-tier scientists and their support staff
Undergraduate, Graduate and Postdoctoral Researchers
Annual economic activity in Oregon when fully operational
Robert Guldberg
Engineer with Medical Flair

Robert Guldberg to take the helm of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact next fall

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Faculty Research Excellence

Excellence in research attracts a world-class faculty to the University of Oregon. Our Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative aims to address the nation's obesity epidemic, especially prevalent among young people, through collaborative efforts of researchers from different disciplines. Part of the Clusters of Excellence Faculty Hiring program, the initiative integrates new expertise with existing research in related disciplines and build on our longstanding strengths in prevention science and biological systems.

Elizabeth Budd
Liz Budd’s research is focused on how social and physical environments of youth and adolescents influence their health behaviors and she aims to build community connections through neighborhood programs and policies within schools.
Nicole Giuliani
Nicole Giuliani aims to map out individual- and family-based interventions drawn from her research on basic brain processes and mechanisms that are tied to emotion and self-regulation when it comes to eating decisions.
Nichole Kelly
Nichole Kelly's research aims to identify effective strategies for improving eating behaviors in order to help children and their families live healthier lives.
Tasia Smith
Tasia Smith's research aims to better understand the unique needs, strengths and challenges among underserved populations and develop effective intervention programming.
Elinor Sullivan
Elinor Sullivan's research examines the influence of maternal nutrition and how other factors, such as the metabolic state of mothers during pregnancy, affect children during early development and result in long-term implications for lifelong health.
Award-Winning Faculty
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1 MacArthur Fellow
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2 National Medal of Science Recipients
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2 American Cancer Society Fellows
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3 Pulitzer Prize Winners
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8 National Academy of Sciences Members
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41 Guggenheim Fellows

Did You Know?

Our faculty-developed research models, methods, curriculum, and assessment tools in the College of Education touch 97 percent of Oregon children and are used in more than 20,000 schools in the United States and internationally

Graduate Research

Research, both basic and applied, is an important part of learning, engaging students in the scholarly work of faculty, fostering inquiry and experimentation, and developing intellectual rigor and discipline.

Our research encompasses thousands of scholarly, scientific, and creative endeavors. We train students in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to be successful, helping you prepare for a successful career.

Jennifer Hampton Hill
Jennifer Hampton Hill

An unexpected discovery by Jennifer Hampton Hill, PhD '17, while a doctoral student at the UO could someday lead to new treatments for the nearly 1.5 million Americans with Type 1 diabetes

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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate participation in research is a hallmark of a quality liberal arts education. At the University of Oregon undergraduate students from all academic disciplines are working with faculty to investigate, discover, create, and innovate; all while developing the skills to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, and the private and public sectors.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program provides resources and services in support of student engagement in faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative scholarship activities.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Manju Bangalore
Manju Bangalore

Fueled by a desire to travel to space, physics major, and NASA intern Manju Bangalore proves that focus, determination, and failure are all necessary for success

Ready for Liftoff

Economic Impact

Our discoveries do not stay confined to the laboratory—they are out creating jobs and improving the lives of the people in our state, country, and world. Our researchers receive funding from federal agencies, state governments, and private foundations to support research pushing the boundaries of our knowledge. Research creates jobs for the people who live in our communities, pay state taxes, and send their children to our schools.

Economic Impact Oregon Impact

company income in calendar year 2016
startup jobs in 2016
licensing revenue in Fiscal Year 2017


We embolden innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives. We are reaching beyond campus boundaries to form strategic partnerships, advancing the national research agenda in everything from theoretical physics to neuroscience and microbiology.

Move Beyond Campus

942 Olive Street

Students and faculty members from an array of departments are sharing the UO's downtown innovation hub with local entrepreneurs, creating opportunities for cross-pollination and exposure to real-world business activity.

Partnering for Innovation

Research News

July 16

Many of the recipients will work with faculty mentors to continue science and scholarship

July 16

UO computer scientist Ram Durairajan tells Montreal conference that impacts could be coming in just 15 years

July 6

Innovation, philanthropy, and changing student demographics are reshaping the university

July 6

In the lab of biologist Phil Washbourne, zebrafish are opening a new window on gene mutations

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P. Alex de Verteuil

Doctoral candidate P. Alex de Verteuil, whose research studies the transgenerational effects of stress, particularly the response of dietary stress on children, created the SCORE mentorship program, which helps undergraduate students of color in the sciences get their foot in the laboratory door

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