ORAU Overview


ORAU provides scientific, health and security expertise to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment, and strengthen national security. Backed by a consortium of more than 100 academic institutions, ORAU also connects universities and research laboratories to advance science education and discovery. A 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Financial Summary


$345.1 MILLION

HCTT   Health Communication and Technical Training Programs
IEAV   Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification Programs
NSEM   National Security and Emergency Management Programs
OEWH   Occupational Exposure and Worker Health Programs
SEP   Science Education Programs
STRI   Scientific and Technical Resource Integration/Peer Review Programs
Financial summary (by program)

ORAU Employees (by locations/numbers)

1,270 employees (as of Sept. 30, 2011) in the following states:
  • 1. Tennessee (992 employees)
  • 2. California (12 employees)
  • 3. Colorado (15 employees)
  • 4. Georgia (10 employees)
  • 5. Massachusetts (2 employees)
  • 6. Maryland (40 employees)
  • 7. Michigan (1 employees)
  • 8. North Carolina (3 employees)
  • 9. New Jersey (1 employee)
  • 10. New Mexico (6 employees)
  • 11. Nevada (2 employees)
  • 12. New York (3 employees)
  • 13. Ohio (17 employees)
  • 14. Pennsylvania (1 employee)
  • 15. Texas (2 employees)
  • 16. Utah (1 employee)
  • 17. Virginia (158 employees)
  • 18. Washington (3 employees)
  • 19. West Virginia (1 employee)

Expertise and Capabilities

Environmental Assessments

ORAU survey technicians perform an environmental assessment

ORAU’s independent verification services help protect workers, the public and the environment from exposure to radiological and chemical contamination by assuring that contaminated sites are appropriately cleaned up. ORAU also performs independent characterization to help better define the scope of cleanup work, reduce overall project costs, and determine the appropriate waste disposition for radiologically contaminated structures, equipment and other materials.

Health Communication and Technical Training

ORAU staff demonstrate key health communication concepts

Blending communication and technical training skills with public health, epidemiology and environmental health expertise, ORAU develops comprehensive communication programs that inform decision making, equip health professionals and promote healthy behaviors. ORAU also develops customized, evidence-based solutions and incorporates Web technologies to maximize reach throughout the nation and abroad.

National Security and Emergency Management

Helicopter flyover of flooded land after a natural disaster

ORAU prepares agencies to respond to a full range of natural and man-made threats to safety and security. ORAU experts provide specialized expertise in counterterrorism preparedness, emergency management and response, operational readiness and forensic science. ORAU also manages DOE’s Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site, which provides training and 24/7 radiation emergency response.

Science Education and Workforce Development

Student scientist performs research in a laboratory setting

With 65 years administering internship, scholarship and fellowship programs—and with recently expanded K-12 programs—ORAU is a leader in implementing research-based, science education programs. ORAU experts also analyze labor trends, assess classroom technologies and examine educational programs that develop U.S. scientific talent.

Scientific Peer Review

Women participating in a peer review

ORAU manages a credible and customizable peer review process by providing critical, independent validation of the quality of research proposals and the accuracy of scientific information. Through the use of independent, expert reviewers, ORAU ensures timely and fair assessments so that customers can confidently make informed funding decisions.

Worker and Public Health

Female laboratory technician analyzes a blood sample during a beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test

When people are exposed to hazardous substances, ORAU helps provide accurate, timely answers to health concerns. Combining more than 30 years of experience in occupational exposure and established partnerships with leading universities and medical centers, ORAU conducts health studies with the highest levels of quality and integrity.