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.
Research by the Numbers*
*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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The grants will help 10 collaborative research teams tackle challenges with big benefits
Former honors college student and physics prof combine archaeology and physics to solve a mystery
A UO-led study points to a sudden emergence of land that changed climate, geology and life
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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