|Research type||Applied Science|
|Director||Robert Guldberg |
|Affiliations||University of Oregon|
The 3-acre campus is named after Phil and Penny Knight who provided the lead gift of $500 million over ten years. An endowment will fund the campus's operations, and the campus will not "take dollars away" from other university programs. The three building campus is a billion dollar endeavour and will require additional state and donor support. The campus will be led by an Executive Director who will report directly to the president of the university. One stated goal is to "fast track scientific discoveries ... [and] turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond". However, director of the campus will be able to chart out a more robust vision after they are named.
The Knight Campus will initially focus on five research areas: Bioengineering Materials for Biological Applications, Precision Medicine Technologies, Predicting Complex Biological Systems, and Synthetic Biology/Molecular Engineering
The campus forecasts it will have 30 "top-tier" researchers, 150 postdocs, 250 grad students, and 150 undergrads.
The Knight Campus Internship Program will consist of two graduate training programs:
Additional programs have yet to be determined.
The University of Oregon has hired the firms Bora and Ennead to design the campus' facilities. Initially, the plan was to build three 75,000 square foot buildings at a cost of $100 million each. However, the first phase will consist of a $225 million, 160,000 square foot facility, consisting of two adjoining buildings. An additional building will be built in the future. There is also a proposal to build a fourth building if funding is available.
The campus will be connected to the main campus via pedestrian bridge.
Phil and Penny Knight have pledged to contribute $500 million over ten years. Additional sources of funding will come from state bonds and philanthropic support. Contrary to media reports the Knight gift is a lead gift and is not contingent on matching funds.
In March 2018, it was announced that the State of Oregon will issue $70 million in bonds to fund the campuses' construction.
In June 2018, the Robert J. DeArmond Trust made a $10 million gift to endow a research fund for the Robert and Leona DeArmond Executive Director of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.