Research 2019-2020

The Oregon State University College of Forestry is known for collaborative research that brings real solutions to issues facing our forest landscapes and ecosystems. College research provides innovative approaches to enhancing people’s lives while also improving the health of our lands, businesses and vital ecosystems. The College of Forestry has a longstanding role as Oregon’s principal research engine for providing science-based information about forests and their value to people and communities.


Research Highlights

College faculty continue to be recognized as active leaders in research related to our forest landscapes, ecosystems and products. During calendar years 2018 and 2019, faculty produced more than 400 refereed publications.

The college received a total of $26.26 million in research awards in FY 2019 and FY 2020. A total of $19.73 million was received from sponsored research awards with $6.53 million from special programs including research cooperative dues. Federal support accounted for 66 percent of our research portfolio, with state agency support at 13 percent and nonprofits, industry, foundations and others at 21 percent.

College researchers submitted 213 proposals to a wide range of outside sponsors with the National Science Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture comprising $32 million in requested funding. The remaining $14.7 million requested was to a wide range of other federal and non-federal sponsors including the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Oregon Departments of Transportation and Forestry, nonprofits, foundations, industry and other organizations.

In fiscal years 2019 and 2020, the college’s total research expenditures were $49,353,816. These expenditures were evenly split between the two years. Approximately 52 percent of the expenditures represented externally sponsored research efforts.

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