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.

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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 $123.2 million in grants, contracts and competitive awards in FY18, an increase of more than 5 percent from the previous year.
  • The total comprised 576 awards received by 301 Principal Investigators (PIs)
  • Total federal award support came to $97.4 million, or 79% of the total funding awarded in FY18
  • In FY18, funding from non-federal sources like industry, foundations, and associations increased by 22% from FY17
  • 1,030 proposals were submitted requesting a total of $145 million in first-year funding
  • Research expenditures on 1,148 active grants and contracts during FY18 totaled $119.4 million
  • FY18 sponsored expenditures increased by 7% ($8.2 million) compared to FY17

Read the full Sponsored Projects Services report for FY 2018.

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.

UO research gave rise to two early-stage startup companies in last year:

  • The firm Rhithwir is working on a full-immersion virtual and augmented reality system with applications for gaming, sports and military and first-responder training. Rhithwir is a graduate of RAIN Eugene’s fall 2017 cohort.
  • The company Journalistic Ventures Corporation is engaged in a public-private partnership with the UO’s School of Journalism and Communication to develop and deliver a journalism curriculum for schools that is anchored in student-driven learning, an approach that allows young people to take ownership of their education by creating and publishing peer-directed media projects.

Other UO innovation metrics from the past year include:

  • Disclosures — inventions, copyrighted works, biological materials, software and related trademarks — jumped from 28 to 42.
  • Science-based invention disclosures jumped from 10 to 18.
  • Investment in intellectual property rights — filing patents on inventions, registering for federal trademarks and registering copyrights — rose by 58 percent.
  • Patent filings increased from 8 to 17.
  • UO is now ranked No. 5 in the Association of American Universities in licensing per research dollar and No. 30 in patents per research dollar.
  • UO received $9 million in licensing income, of which 89 percent was reinvested into academic units, distributed to UO innovators and returned to the state.