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ODRD Frequently Asked Questions

What is ORAU-Directed Research and Development? ODRD is a research and development (R&D) program that supports collaborations between ORAU and Member Universities. Through collaborations between ORAU and ORAU-Member Universities, ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) harnesses innovation to strengthen and expand the scientific and technical capabilities of ORAU programs; enhance ORAU’s ability to address current and future customer needs; and supports university-engaged, applied research that enhances customer solutions. ODRD also creates a means to additional exploratory, collaborative research opportunities with ORAU programs, and results in the greater potential for significant external research funding. ODRD competitively funds select innovative research-based approaches/solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests.

Why have ODRD? ODRD projects will strengthen and expand the scientific and technical capabilities of ORAU programs and enhance ORAU’s ability to address current and future customer needs. By leveraging the talents and strengths of our member universities, ODRD supports university-engaged, applied research while increasing the potential for significant external research funding.

Where can I find more information about the ODRD Core Competency areas? The ORAU website includes additional information on our Scientific Education and Peer Review, National Security and Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Assessment, Worker and Public Health expertise areas.

I have a concept that I’d like to propose that is outside of the listed Core Competency areas, can I submit it?  At this time we are entertaining concepts within the Core Competency areas listed only. As our needs changes, we will update the list accordingly.

I have an existing idea, with an existing team. Is ODRD a funding mechanism to continue this research? No, ODRD is for collaborative projects between ORAU and Member Universities.

Can I apply for ODRD funds to support a project that I’m working with ORNL? No, ODRD is for collaborative projects between ORAU and Member Universities. ORAU and ORNL are separate entities.

Why are ORAU-SMEs the lead for ODRD projects? ORAU Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) serve as the project lead and are responsible for submitting Phase 2 and 3 applications through the internal ODRD application process. ORAU SMEs are also responsible for completing and submitting periodic project reports to the ODRD review committee.

How is ODRD funded? ODRD uses corporate funds to support awarded projects.

How many projects will be funded? The number of projects may vary. In FY 2017, we anticipate up to 10 Phase 1 projects and three Phase 2 projects. Phase 3 projects will be funded as needed.

How are ODRD funds issued? ODRD funds are considered a grant and issued to the university via check.

How can ODRD funds be used? ODRD funds may be used for direct charges only (no indirect charges permitted); and in accordance with your university’s policies pertaining to grants and travel charges.

What is a SME? ORAU has Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) with unique experience and education specific to a particular research topic.