cassie a bipedal robot

Oregon State’s two-legged robot CASSIE could revolutionize package delivery, search-and-rescue missions.

faculty tagging cougars

The return of wolves to Oregon sparks old conflicts and prompts new science about top predators.

Buoys and gliders stand watch on the Pacific Ocean

Buoys and gliders stand watch on the Pacific Ocean.

small boat in the ocean

Oregon State University has launched the Marine Studies Initiative, a new model to address emerging issues and challenges facing Oregon and the world.

iceberg in the arctic ocean

As the ice recedes, scientists seek signs of life in warming seas.

Oregon State University earned $441 million in external research funding in 2017, a third consecutive year of record-breaking growth. Oregon State is one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant institutions in the U.S. and is the only university in Oregon to have earned both Carnegie Classifications for Highest Research Activity and Community Engagement. It is the state’s largest comprehensive public university, preeminent for both scholarly achievement and the direct impact of applied development, fulfilling the land-grant mission to serve the public good.

The OSU Research Agenda, integrated with the university’s Strategic Plan, guides faculty inquiry in three signature areas:

  • Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems
  • Improving Human Health and Wellness
  • Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress

Oregon State’s researchers are top-ranked in their fields, hold leadership positions in international and national professional organizations and have earned prestigious honors.

Earth Ecosystems

Oregon State scientists study the planet and its inhabitants, from the biggest marine mammal to the tiniest phytoplankton. Scroll through a trove of Terra stories about climate change and wildfire, ocean acidification and oysters, rangeland management and endangered grouse, coral reef decline and lionfish invasions, wave energy and tsunamis and much more.

Health and Wellness

In fields as diverse as pharmacy, veterinary medicine, microbiology and exercise physiology, Oregon State researchers investigate urgent health concerns, from cancer and infectious disease to metabolic syndrome, environmental toxins, aging, child obesity and nutrition. 

Innovation and Prosperity

Robots, unmanned helicopters, underwater gliders and satellite tracking are a few of the technologies under development by scientists and engineers at Oregon State. They’re designing tools so businesses can grow, farms and ranches can thrive, workers can prosper, forests can flourish and families can be secure.