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From Shellfish To Hemp To Cancer: OSU Boasts Big Year In Research Grants

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has had a banner year in research grant funding—nearly 440 million dollars in 2019. (Only in 2017 did the institution bring in more research grants and contracts in a fiscal year.) Their research has potential impacts in Oregon, across the country and around the globe. 

When researchers at OSU found that ocean acidification was killing oysters at the larval stage—the knowledge helped save the state’s oyster industry.

OSU is home to the largest hemp research center in the world thanks to grant funding.

Vice President for Research, Irem Tumer, attributes OSU’s successful grant-making to the collaborative, innovative spirit of the researchers.

Credit Oregon State University
OSU research in ocean acidification helped save the Oregon oyster industry.

“We tend to get people who are interested in addressing really big, pressing global problems. Both for Oregon and the world.”

The near record amount of grant funding has buoyed research in renewable energy, robotics and forestry. Tumer says it’s even helped OSU health scientists discover that hops, the beer ingredient, can kill liver and colon cancer cells.

Credit Hal Hermanson
Oregon State University is the state's only Land Grant College.

Irem Tumer is a professor in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. She also serves as Vice President of Research. 

Credit Irem Tumer
Irem Tumer is a professor and researcher at Oregon State University. Her last job was with NASA.

Extended comments on OSU research funding and highlighted projects below:

Tumer explains what she thinks attributes to OSU’s success with both small and large grant awards.


Irem Tumer highlights research areas funded by grants over the 2019 fiscal year.

Ocean Acidification


Global Hemp Innovation Center


http://Global Hemp Innovation Research Center

Cancer research


OSU's Irem Tumer notes other disciplines receiving research grant funding and contracts.


Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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