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Research Development Unit

Welcome to the College of Science RDU!

May Nyman working with two students in the lab.

Promoting a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment to inspire discovery and foster innovation

Science faculty and students pursue both fundamental and applied research in over 100 labs across campus. We bring unique talent and capabilities to four key areas of interdisciplinary research with global distinction: Marine Science, Biomedical Science, Materials Science and Data Science. These areas represent our global impact in research vital to human and animal life health, the sustainability of our planet, a strong economy with start-ups and innovative market solutions and scientific discoveries that solve our most pressing problems in these areas. The COS includes seven academic departments and key Research Centers and Facilities that span research across a variety of disciplines.

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The Research Development Unit leverages college resources to accelerate growth, encouraging faculty to address grand societal research challenges and target funding opportunities that increase the size and number of competitive research grants. The RDU designs and implements services to help faculty, staff and student investigators succeed in obtaining and maintaining intramural funding within Oregon State University, and extramural funding from federal agencies and foundation grants.

Our work operates in alignment with the Oregon State University’s Strategic Plan SP4.0, the College of Science Diversity Action Plan and the College of Science’s Strategic Plan.

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For general inquiries, contact

For proposal support assistance, contact

For graduate studies related inquiries, contact

Graduate funding

The College of Science annually awards a variety of different fellowships and scholarships in collaboration with the Graduate School and private foundations.

Learn more about graduate fellowships and scholarship 
Find other research funding opportunities on GP-ECOS 

Faculty and staff research awards and honors

The College of Science is proud to recognize exceptional achievement and accomplishments of faculty and staff.

Learn more about nominations for these awards and honors