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.

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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 $114.6 million from external funding sources in grants, contracts and other competitive awards for the fiscal year 2014-15 (FY15).
  • These awards represent a 3.9% increase over award funding in fiscal year 2013-2014 (FY14).
  • The University of Oregon received $103.5 million in federal funding in FY15, a 6.3% increase over FY14. 
  • A total of 514 awards were received by 253 principal investigators (PIs) in FY15.
  • Research activities accounted for 67% of the total sponsored expenditures in FY15, while instruction and other sponsored activities accounted for the remainder.

Read the full Sponsored Projects Services report for FY 2015.

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.
  • 251 startup jobs in 2015.
  • 24 startups from research and innovation at the University of Oregon.
  • 9 startups from the RAIN Eugene Accelerator.
  • $8 million in licensing revenue in FY 2015.
  • Return on research through licensing income (licensing income divided by research expenditures) in 2015 was 10.9%, putting the university among the top performing research institutions nationally.

Read the news release about the UO's research and innovation numbers during FY 2015