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We’ve been working hard to deliver on that promise since 1946, when our founder Dr. William Pollard envisioned linking regional universities with the valuable scientific resources developed in Oak Ridge as part of the Manhattan Project. Read more

Back then, we were the Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies, a consortium of 14 southern universities partnering with Clinton Laboratories (today known as Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to advance scientific research and education.

Today, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and consortium of 121 universities, that effort is still at the heart of our mission. ORAU has expanded to encompass new mission areas such as scientific peer review, worker and public health, environmental assessments, national security and emergency management, and radiation emergency medicine. We work with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities in these areas and serve the public interest.

As a federal contractor, our long-term flagship contract is with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), supporting their mission to advance scientific research and education, improve health and environmental stewardship and protect our nation against threats. Through the ORISE contract, we also work closely with more than 14 other federal agencies.

Using the ORAU Brand

Oak Ridge Associated Universities, ORAU and the ORAU logo are service marks or registered service marks of ORAU. The ORAU Brand Resource Center provides Usage Guidelines and Downloads for certain ORAU brand elements.

The guidance will instruct you on acceptable uses of these brand elements; however, it is expressly prohibited to use them in any of the following ways:

  • Attempting to influence legislation
  • Organizing or engaging in protests
  • Engaging in or advocating for partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office
  • Endorsing a product, service, corporation, individual or other entity without prior written permission or a contractual sponsorship or agreement with ORAU to do so, or implying the endorsement, by association, with any of our customers, including federal agencies, member universities, etc.
  • Engaging in or associated with unethical, deceptive, harmful, obscene, or otherwise objectionable activities
  • Misrepresenting a partnership or other business relationship with ORAU

The ORAU Communications and Marketing Department manages the ORAU brand, and requests for additional guidance or interpretation should be directed to this department at 865.576.3146 or

Using the ORAU logo

Please contact the ORAU Communications and Marketing Department at 865.576.3146 or for permission to use the ORAU logo. When contacting ORAU, please provide your name, your organization’s legal name (the “Licensee”), phone number, email, Licensee’s website address, logo file format preference (JPEG, PNG or EPS) and the purpose for requesting use of the ORAU logo. You must agree to a Service Mark License Agreement in order to use the ORAU logo.

Improper Use

The ORAU logo consists exclusively of the stylized ORAU acronym with the starburst design for the top portion of the A in ORAU. No other taglines, text or spelling out of the name should be included. The two examples below show outdated versions of the logo that should no longer be used.

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Any use of the ORAU logo should also maintain proper proportions and not stretch or shrink the image to fill a space.

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Additionally, the logo should only appear in color using the two colors (solid black letters and blue starburst). Monochrome uses of the logo—either solid black or a solid reverse (white) on a dark background—are acceptable.

Mission, Vision and Values

To learn more, please see the ORAU Mission, Vision and Values page.


ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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Corporate Images

All photo rights are owned and retained by ORAU, and photos may not be edited or altered. ORAU authorizes permission to use the photos in context with ORAU-related contracts, projects or other activities with which you may be associated but not in any way that suggests an endorsement of you or any product or service without written permission of ORAU to do so. Permissions used with the photos should read: “Photo Credit: ORAU.” Photos may not be sold for commercial purposes.

Leadership Team Bios/Photos

To learn more about the executives at ORAU, including President and CEO Andy Page and our vice presidents, please visit the ORAU Leadership Team page.

Annual Report

Learn more about ORAU’s recent year accomplishments in the ORAU Annual Report.

ORAU has remained strong in the face of our country’s economic challenges by strategically linking our expertise with the needs of our customers and our nation. Specifically, our focus has been to positively impact the U.S. scientific mission, which is at the heart of everything we do.

The report recognizes the customers, employees, and partners that are strengthening the overall U.S. scientific mission and global competitiveness. It also shows how ORAU’s expertise has specifically impacted our customers’ needs and the effect of our efforts on our local and regional communities. You will find links to special pages detailing our long-standing partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the activities and accomplishments of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which ORAU manages for DOE. Other links provide information on our consortium activities in support of our sponsoring institutions. Downloadble PDFs of the full printed annual reports from the past five years are also available here:

ORAU annual reports and publications