Economic Impact

Each year, about 98% of sponsored research awards to the University of Oregon come from outside the state, contributing millions of dollars to Oregon’s economy. Research creates jobs for the people who live in our communities, pay state taxes, and send their children to our schools.

Experience UO research in action

Impact of Research

Researchers at the University of Oregon receive funding from federal agencies, state governments, and private foundations to support research pushing the boundaries of our knowledge.

  • The University of Oregon (UO) was awarded $117 million from external funding sources in grants, contracts and other competitive awards for the fiscal year 2015-16 (FY16).
  • These awards represent a 2% increase over award funding in FY15.
  • Federal awards, including federal flow-through, in support of UO sponsored activities totaled $98.6 million.
  • Funding from nonfederal sources — including industry, foundations and associations — increased by 64.2% from 2015.
  • 1,136 research proposals were submitted, requesting a total of $157.1 million in first-year funding, an 11.6% increase from 2015 and the highest submissions count recorded at the UO.

Read the full Sponsored Projects Services report for FY 2016.

Impact of Innovation

Discoveries at the University of Oregon 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.

  • $38.1 million in company income in calendar year 2015.
  • 261 startup jobs in 2015.
  • 2 new startups for a total of 26 startups from research and innovation at the University of Oregon.
  • 18 startups from the RAIN Eugene Accelerator.
  • 12 U.S. patent applications were filed over the last year.
  • A record $9.1 million in licensing revenue in FY 2016.
  • $7.3 million of licensing revenue (80%) was reinvested into academic units, innovators, and the state of Oregon.
  • Return on research through licensing income (licensing income divided by research expenditures) in FY2016 was 12.7%, putting the university among the top performing research institutions nationally.