- About Us
- Labs & Expertise
- Get Involved
- Economic Impact
- News & Media
- Events & Opportunities
Current Oregon BEST Projects
- Solar Energy Lab Helps Industry Partners Succeed
- Innovating Better Energy Efficient Windows
- Massive Wind Tunnel Ready for Collaboration
- Solar Awnings & Green Schools
- Replacing Plastics with Biobased Wood Composites
- Boosting Wind Energy Efficiency
- Amplifying Solar Energy
- Designing a Water-Filled Light Shelf
- Growing Bioplastics in Poplar Trees
- Building Blocks from Recycled Pallets
- Turning Grass Seed Straw into Biofuel
- Greening Oregon's Transportation
RESEARCH INVESTMENTS PAY DIVIDENDS
Oregon BEST accelerates cutting-edge research and expands Oregon's shared-user network of university research expertise and laboratories through strategic investments in research and facilities that leverage additional federal, foundation, and industry funding. Connecting Oregon industry to this research capability generates public-private partnerships that rapidly transform research into new technologies, companies, and jobs.
MATCHING FUNDS ATTRACT OUTSIDE DOLLARS TO OREGON
The Oregon BEST Proposal Matching Program invests matching funds in competitive research proposals from Oregon faculty to help secure outside funding for Oregon universities from federal, foundation, and industry sources. A $35,000 Oregon BEST match helped OSU researchers leverage a $358,000 grant from the Bonneville Power Administration to demonstrate new technologies for storing power generated by wind turbines. Read more…
SEED FUNDING JUMP-STARTS GREEN RESEARCH
Past seed-fund investments by Oregon BEST have jump-started fledging university research projects and attracted follow-on funding from other sources. Below is a listing of those early seed-funded investments.
- Solar-Powered Fuels and Chemicals
Tapping the Sun to Produce Transportation Fuels
- Customizing Green Roofs
New Design Tool Helps Select the Right Green Roof for Specific Locations
- Building Oregon SuNRISE
A Network of Solar Research Tools Shared by Academia and Industry
- Better Bioproducts From Biomass
Utilizing Waste Plant Material to Produce Useful New Products and Fuels
- Turning Recycled Plastics Into Green Insulation
Developing a New Generation of Insulation Materials for the Green Building Industry
- Helping Farmers Grow Their Own Green Diesel
Improving Biodiesel Production on Family-owned Farms
- Producing Greener Biofuels
Improving Enzyme Technologies for Better Green Manufacturing of Biofuels
- Green Building Materials
Helping Oregon Businesses Compete and Oregon Graduate Students Succeed
- Better Wind Energy
New Modeling Techniques Could Speed Turbine Improvements
- Harvesting Light
Designing More Efficient Solar Cells
OREGON BEST IN THE NEWS
Meet Our New Outreach & Engagement Mgr.12/03/2013
Gwenyth Barrow hired to help the regional cleantech community engage with Oregon BEST. More.
Meet our Four New Board Members11/26/2013
Oregon BEST adds Board members from industry, academia, and a national lab to leadership team. More.
Window Insert Maker Gets a Boost11/13/2013
Portland startup Indow Windows is getting a sales boost from paleo dieters who like to sleep in the dark. Read the Businessweek article.
Low-Energy Desalination System Advances10/31/2013
Oregon BEST grant helps startup team with OSU to advance desalination technology that could stem global water shortages. More.
Cutting Data Room Cooling Costs by 70%09/26/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant helps Oregon co. partner with City of Gresham, OSU, PDC to test new cooling system. More.