Economic Impact

Sponsored research and innovation activity at the University of Oregon contributes tens of millions of dollars to Oregon’s economy each year. Research and innovation create jobs for the people who live in our communities, pay state taxes, and send their children to our schools.

Read the latest UO research and innovation news


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 $114.9 million from external funding sources in grants, contracts and other competitive awards for the fiscal year 2016-17 (FY17).
  • Federal awards, including federal flow-through, in support of UO sponsored activities totaled $93.6 million and accounted for 81.5 percent of the UO's total grants contracts and competitive awards.
  • Funding from nonfederal sources — including industry, foundations and associations — increased by 15.7% from 2016.
  • 973 research proposals were submitted, requesting a total of $163 million in first-year funding.
  • Research expenditures went up by $3.8 million in FY17 to $111.1 million, an increase of 3.6 percent from FY16.

Read the full Sponsored Projects Services report for FY 2017.

Impact of Innovation

Discoveries at the University of Oregon do not stay confined to the laboratory—they create jobs and improve the lives of the people in our state, country, and world.

  • $44.5 million in company income in calendar year 2016.
  • 243.5 startup jobs in 2016.
  • 4 new startups for a total of 26 startups from research and innovation at the University of Oregon.
  • $8.86 million in licensing revenue in FY 2017.
  • $7.73 million of licensing revenue (87%) was reinvested into academic units, innovators, and the state of Oregon.
  • Return on research through licensing income (licensing income divided by research expenditures) in FY2017 was 11.65%, putting the university among the top performing research institutions nationally.