Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Powe awardee researches rocks that formed Earth’s continents billions of years ago
Suzanne Birner, an assistant professor of geology and earth science at Berea College, is one of 36 junior faculty members from ORAU member institutions to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. She analyzes rocks from the Earth’s upper mantle once they are exposed along tectonic plate boundaries. With careful analyses, she hopes to learn more about volcanic eruptions, particularly those that formed the Earth’s continents billions of years ago.
Peer Review helps research funding agencies get the most value for their dollars
If you won the lottery, every distant relative along with dozens of non-profit organizations and others would come to you with their hands out. How would you determine who is most worthy of receiving some money? That’s the analogy Keri Cagle uses when talking about the value of peer review.
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Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
As an investment in the future of science education in America, ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program rewards ambitious young faculty at our member universities.
Deadline is January 8, 2020
Events Sponsorship Program
The Events Sponsorship Program provides up to $4,000 to support events that involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.
Deadline is March 1, 2020
ORAU-Directed Research and Development Program
Phase 2: ORAU/University joint applications
Deadline is March 23, 2020
Phase 2 projects are defined as innovative research projects that enhance ORAU’s core scientific and technical competencies in partnership with a member university. The project should be achievable in 3 to 6 months, but no longer than 1 year, and is designed to produce "proof-of-concept"-type results leading to a white paper, conference presentation, and/or a technical publication with a clear proposal concept and identification of target funding sources.