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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) proposal deadline Oct. 11, 2017
ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) proposal deadline Oct. 18, 2017
Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity at Savannah River National Laboratory - Weapons Technology Group Unspecified
ORAU Events Sponsorship Program Cycle 1 deadline: Sept. 1
Cycle 2 deadline: March 1
ORAU Travel Grants Ongoing (may submit two requests per fiscal year, which runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30)
Call for Papers - Technologies for Disabilities Jan. 8, 2018
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Jan. 8, 2018

ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) proposal deadline is NOON (Eastern), Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Sept. 14, 2017
Proposals for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) will be accepted until noon Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. This call is for HFIR instruments only for experiments anticipated to run January through June 2018.

Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) is not included in the October 2017 proposal call due to a planned extended outage from January to May 2018 for facility upgrades. The spring 2018 proposal call will close Feb. 21, 2018, for experiments anticipated to run at SNS from June to Dec. 2018, and at HFIR from July to December 2018.

Specific information on this call and each of the instruments available during this experimental period is included on the proposal call instrument list. Proposals will be reviewed by an external review committee for scientific merit, and internally reviewed for feasibility and safety. To learn more about submitting a proposal for beam time, visit our website or go directly to the proposal system (IPTS).

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ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) proposal deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Sept. 14, 2017

The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is soliciting proposals for user-initiated nanoscience research that will make effective use of CNMS facilities and staff expertise. The CNMS nanoscience research program provides users with access to a broad range of capabilities for nanomaterials design, synthesis, characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation and access is provided at no cost to users for research that is in the public domain and intended for publication in the open literature.

Scientifically high-impact proposals are sought that take advantage of any of the following CNMS research capabilities:

  • Macromolecular Nanomaterials
  • Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials
  • Nanomaterials Theory Institute
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Chemical Imaging
  • Nanofabrication Research Laboratory
    • Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials
  • Electron & Atom Probe Microscopy
  • Opportunity to request beamtime for Neutron Scattering

Proposal Development
The CNMS website provides detailed descriptions of specific CNMS Research Capabilities that are offered to users, and this list of capabilities is duplicated in checklist form on the downloadable CNMS User Proposal Form. Prospective users are invited and strongly encouraged to contact CNMS staff members in the respective research areas to discuss their proposal ideas and learn more about the specific capabilities of interest to them.

Please review the Guidelines for Submission of a CNMS User Research Proposal and the Instructions for Submitting a Proposal.

Approved projects will be granted access to CNMS facilities during the period February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity at Savannah River National Laboratory - Weapons Technology Group

Aug. 2, 2017

The National Security Directorate (NSD) at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Aiken, S.C. facility. The NSD is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to participate in the development and implementation of gas chromatographic techniques for the detection of hydrogen isotopes and impurities. The main goal of the program is to refine the current techniques and build a prototype of a gas chromatograph for the desired application. In this role, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will team with Scientists, Engineers, and Technologists within Savannah River National Laboratory.

The selected candidate will be involved in a team composed of scientists and engineers identifying potential opportunities to refine analytical methods mostly focused on gas chromatographic techniques. The work will include synthesis of materials and surface characterization. Development and validation of analytical methods is also needed. The work might require collaborative efforts with other groups within SRNL.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (preferably), Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering; from an accredited university or college within the last 60 months, and
  • Be capable of obtaining a security clearance.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Strong knowledge and hands on experience in gas chromatography
  • Thorough knowledge on materials synthesis and characterization methods
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment or on time-sensitive projects
  • Experience with complex data analysis
  • Publication record on related topics.

It is desirable for the candidate to have: Knowledge on MEMS.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Appointments are made through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The SRNL Postgraduate Research Associates Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage ORISE.

For additional information, please contact

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Call for Papers - Technologies for Disabilities

July 19, 2017

Technology and Innovation (T&I) is currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on technologies for disabilities

Rapid technological advancements and innovations continue to largely target the “able” population with little consideration to accessibility, leaving behind the 15 percent (1 billion) of the world’s population who has some form of disability. Individuals with disabilities often must adapt themselves (usually unsuccessfully) to available devices and software designed with accessibility as an afterthought rather than as an integral component from ideation to development. Ad hoc solutions are common in which disparate technologies are combined to circumvent accessibility issues, often with much struggle. There is therefore a pronounced need for research on innovative assistive and rehabilitative technologies spanning diverse disabilities, including sensory, physical, and cognitive impairment as a result of an injury, disease, disorder, and/or aging. We invite authors to submit articles representing cutting edge advances and outcomes in assistive and rehabilitative technology intended for use by:

  • Individuals with sensory impairment, including visual (e.g., blindness, low vision) and/or hearing (e.g., deafness, hard-of-hearing)
  • Individuals with motor impairment due to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Cerebral Palsy, or other causes
  • Individuals with cognitive impairment affecting speech, language, memory, attention, and/or learning
  • Individuals with psychiatric disabilities (e.g., anxiety, mood disorders)

Initial manuscripts should be submitted by January 2, 2018. Instructions for authors, including journal policies, manuscript formatting information, and author forms, can be found at:

T&I is published by the National Academy of Inventors and presents information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation, and welcomes manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. They publish original articles in basic and applied research, critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries, essays, and patent and book reviews of interest to our readers. If you have questions or would like to submit a manuscript, please contact associate editor of T&I, Kimberly Macuare, at

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Information regarding ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) pilot program

ORAU has launched an ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) pilot program, designed to facilitate collaboration between ORAU Programs and University Partners by funding innovative research-based approaches/ solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Through an internal, competitive application process, successful ODRD-funded projects will result in proposals that can generate new sponsored research, jointly performed by ORAU and partner universities.

Funds allocated to universities may be used for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award.

ODRD projects are an ORAU program-driven effort at this time. If the program is extended to FY 2017, additional information regarding eligibility, the application process and deadlines will be provided.   

Spotlight on the Powe Junior Faculty Awards program

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Learn about the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards and how they are making a difference for junior faculty at ORAU member universities across the country.