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Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Application Instructions for Faculty Members


Who is eligible?

  • Full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (Jan. 1, 2022 to Jan. 7, 2024) at the time of application at an ORAU member institution are eligible.

What do you need?

Note: All documents must be in PDF format. There are no general formatting requirements (e.g., font, margins, etc.) other than page lengths stated below. Please ensure you have all documents before proceeding to the ORAU PeerNet intake system.

  1. One-page abbreviated resume
  2. One-page listing publications and/or presentations
  3. Two-page research proposal that should address the following:
    • Research goals and objectives and relevant background
    • Expected research outcomes and relevance
    • Research design and methodology
    • Competence of the applicant to perform the proposed research
    • Available research facilities and resources
    • Budget justification
    • Additional single page of references relating to the proposal (optional)
  4. Nomination letter from your chair or dean


  1. Receive email of support from your ORAU Councilor and link to the PeerNet intake system from your councilor
  2. Gather all documents listed above and ensure they are in PDF format
  3. Go to the PeerNet intake system and complete the required fields in each section (see PeerNet Proposal Collection PI User Guide (.PDF, 767 KB) for step-by-step instructions)
  4. Upload all required documents as directed
  5. Preview and submit

PeerNet criteria

Proposals are evaluated using the criteria below:

  • Scientific/technical merit: Likelihood that research will add to scientific knowledge base
  • Proposed method/approach: Appropriateness of proposed methods to achieve results
  • Applicant's previous research performance: Appropriateness of applicant's research experience to successfully complete the proposed research
  • Adequacy of facilities and resources: Reasonableness of available facilities, equipment/instrumentation, research staff, and any support staff requirements
  • Likelihood research will lead to fundable research and/or publishable work
  • Overall quality of application

If you have any questions or need assistance with the PeerNet intake system, please send an email to during ORAU business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST. ORAU will be closed on major holidays.

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Contact us

For more information about the Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, contact the University Partnerships office at (865) 576-6513 or