Understanding human behavior is an important key to healthy behavior change. Through building our understanding of the internal and external forces that influence human behavior, we improve our ability to help people make healthier choices.
Founded in 1960, Oregon Research Institute (ORI) is a charitable 501(c) 3 research center, dedicated entirely to understanding human behavior and improving the quality of human life. Funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health and by the United States Department of Education, ORI scientists study such topics as childhood obesity and behavioral problems, promoting health across the agespan, preventing and treating teen substance use and abuse, and understanding and preventing eating disorders. Emerging areas include genetics, opioid addiction, Alzheimer's Disease, and health economics.
ORI began with just a few scientists and staff working out of one small office in Eugene, Oregon. Now, with 125 employees and a budget of $8.5 million for 2020, ORI is the largest independent behavioral research center in Oregon. There are currently 43 research scientists working on 45 funded grants. ORI's funded research grants range from small developmental studies to large efficacy trials. About half of the current studies are clinical trials.
ORI scientists are able to seek foundation funding, government or industry grants and contracts, and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants by working with two organizations whose mission and goals are similar to ORI's: Influents Innovations (formerly Oregon Research Behavioral Intervention Strategies) and ORI Community & Evaluation Services (ORI-CES).
Influents Innovations (formerly Oregon Research Behavioral Intervention Strategies) is a for-profit company whose mission is to apply the behavioral sciences to the improvement of human well-being through the development and commercialization of evidence-based products and programs directed at health care and education.
ORI-CES operates in close association and cooperation with ORI and is dedicated to improving individual and community health and well-being through providing evaluation and intervention services to the public and private sectors.