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Universities face ever-present challenges for funding research. ORAU actively works with its member universities to connect their expertise with government and private sector organizations and to create meaningful partnerships for innovation in scientific research and education. Opportunities provided by ORAU include grants for faculty to travel to establish collaboration with other scientists. In addition, ORAU administers internship and fellowship programs that link thousands of faculty and students each year with projects at national laboratories and federal research centers.

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    ORAU-Directed Research and Development

    The ODRD program fosters collaboration among ORAU subject matter experts and member universities by funding innovative research-based approaches or solutions that fall within the needs of ORAU and our customers, as well as the research interests of our member institutions.

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    Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program

    The Powe Awards program rewards ambitious young faculty at the beginning of their tenure by investing in their early research. 

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    Events Sponsorship Program

    This program provides up to $4,000 to support events that involve participants from more than one member institution. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU member institution by a well-known speaker, workshops or conferences with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

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Alabama

    • Location: Normal, Alabama
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1989
    • Member Councilor: Lloyd T. Walker
    • Website: Alabama A&M University
    • Location: Auburn, Alabama
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: James A. Weyhenmeyer
    • Website: Auburn University
    • Location: Tuskegee, Alabama
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1953
    • Member Councilor: Shaik Jeelani
    • Website: Tuskegee University
    • Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: John C. Higginbotham
    • Website: University of Alabama
    • Location: Mobile, Alabama
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1990
    • Member Councilor: Lynne U. Chronister
    • Website: University of South Alabama

Arizona

    • Location: Tempe, Arizona
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2017
    • Member Councilor: Neal Woodbury
    • Website: Arizona State University

Arkansas

    • Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 2004
    • Member Councilor: Tom Risch
    • Website: Arkansas State University
    • Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1948
    • Member Councilor: Daniel Sui
    • Website: University of Arkansas

Colorado

    • Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2013
    • Member Councilor: Alan S. Rudolph
    • Website: Colorado State University

Connecticut

    • Location: New Haven, Connecticut
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2017
    • Member Councilor: Pamela Caudill
    • Website: Yale University

Delaware

    • Location: Newark, Delaware
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1980
    • Member Councilor: Cordell M. Overby
    • Website: University of Delaware

Florida

    • Location: Boca Raton, Florida
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2002
    • Member Councilor: Daniel C. Flynn
    • Website: Florida Atlantic University
    • Location: Tallahassee, Florida
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1951
    • Member Councilor: Gary K. Ostrander
    • Website: Florida State University
    • Location: Gainesville, Florida
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1948
    • Member Councilor: David P. Norton
    • Website: University of Florida
    • Location: Coral Gables, Florida
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1956
    • Member Councilor: Jean-Pierre Bardet
    • Website: University of Miami
    • Location: Tampa, Florida
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1990
    • Member Councilor: Paul R. Sanberg
    • Website: University of South Florida

Georgia

    • Location: Augusta, Georgia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2004
    • Member Councilor: Michael Diamond
    • Website: Augusta University
    • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: Atlanta University joined the ORAU Consortium in 1980. In 1988, it joined with Clark College to form the new Clark Atlanta University.
    • Member Councilor: De Lisa A. Wilson
    • Website: Clark Atlanta University
    • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Todd Sherer
    • Website: Emory University
    • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Timothy Lieuwen
    • Website: Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1990
    • Member Councilor: Michael P. Eriksen
    • Website: Georgia State University
    • Location: Macon, Georgia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2019
    • Member Councilor: Wayne Glasgow
    • Website: Mercer University
    • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 2018
    • Member Councilor: Sharon L. Davies
    • Website: Spelman College
    • Location: Athens, Georgia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1948
    • Member Councilor: David C. Lee
    • Website: University of Georgia

Idaho

    • Location: Pocatello, Idaho
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Donna L. Lybecker
    • Website: Idaho State University

Illinois

Indiana

    • Location: Bloomington, Indiana
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2004
    • Member Councilor: Jeff Zaleski
    • Website: Indiana University
    • Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2012
    • Member Councilor: Jeffrey Bolin
    • Website: Purdue University
    • Location: South Bend, Indiana
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1992
    • Member Councilor: Robert J. Bernhard
    • Website: University of Notre Dame

Iowa

    • Location: Ames, Iowa
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2019
    • Member Councilor: Surya Mallapragada
    • Website: Iowa State University

Kentucky

    • Location: Berea, Kentucky
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 1996
    • Member Councilor: Matthew Saderholm
    • Website: Berea College
    • Location: Richmond, Kentucky
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 2009
    • Member Councilor: Jerry Pogatshnik
    • Website: Eastern Kentucky University
    • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Lisa A. Cassis
    • Website: University of Kentucky
    • Location: Louisville, Kentucky
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1948
    • Member Councilor: Kevin H. Gardner
    • Website: University of Louisville
    • Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Cathleen J. Webb
    • Website: Western Kentucky University

Louisiana

    • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Samuel J. Bentley, Sr.
    • Website: Louisiana State University
    • Location: New Orleans, Louisana
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Michael Cunningham
    • Website: Tulane University
    • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1976
    • Member Councilor: Matthew A. Tarr
    • Website: University of New Orleans

Maryland

    • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2006
    • Member Councilor: Collin Leslie Broholm
    • Website: Johns Hopkins University
    • Location: College Park, Maryland
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1951
    • Member Councilor: Laurie E. Locascio
    • Website: University of Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

    • Location: East Lansing, Michigan
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Stephen Hsu
    • Website: Michigan State University
    • Location: Rochester, Michigan
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 2017
    • Member Councilor: David A. Stone
    • Website: Oakland University
    • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1994
    • Member Councilor: Rebecca Cunningham
    • Website: University of Michigan
    • Location: Detroit, Michigan
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2004
    • Member Councilor: Stephen Lanier
    • Website: Wayne State University
    • Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 2019
    • Member Councilor: Terri Goss Kinzy
    • Website: Western Michigan University

Mississippi

    • Location: Jackson, Mississippi
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1994
    • Member Councilor: Joseph A. Whittaker
    • Website: Jackson State University
    • Location: Starkville, Mississippi
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1949
    • Member Councilor: Julie Jordan
    • Website: Mississippi State University
    • Location: Oxford, Mississippi
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1948
    • Member Councilor: Joseph Gladden
    • Website: University of Mississippi

Missouri

    • Location: Columbia, Missouri
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1981
    • Member Councilor: Mark A. McIntosh
    • Website: University of Missouri

Nevada

    • Location: Reno, Nevada
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1997
    • Member Councilor: Mridul Gautam
    • Website: University of Nevada, Reno

New Jersey

    • Location: Piscataway, New Jersey
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2007
    • Member Councilor: Prabhas V. Moghe
    • Website: Rutgers University

New Mexico

    • Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1991
    • Member Councilor: Luis Vazquez
    • Website: New Mexico State University
    • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1994
    • Member Councilor: Gabriel Lopez
    • Website: University of New Mexico

New York

    • Location: New York, New York
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2020
    • Member Councilor: Deborah Stiles
    • Website: Columbia University
    • Location: Syracuse, New York
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2012
    • Member Councilor: Ramesh Raina
    • Website: Syracuse University
    • Location: New York City, New York
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2014
    • Member Councilor: Rosemarie Wesson
    • Website: The City College of New York
    • Location: Albany, New York
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2018
    • Member Councilor: Satyendra Kumar
    • Website: University at Albany

North Carolina

    • Location: Durham, North Carolina
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Keith Hurka-Owen
    • Website: Duke University
    • Location: Greenville, North Carolina
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Jefferson Shinpaugh
    • Website: East Carolina University
    • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 2003
    • Member Councilor: Terik Tidwell
    • Website: Johnson C. Smith University
    • Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Bradley T. Jones
    • Website: Wake Forest University

Ohio

    • Location: Columbus, Ohio
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2003
    • Member Councilor: Morley O. Stone
    • Website: Ohio State University
    • Location: Athens, Ohio
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2016
    • Member Councilor: Joseph Shields
    • Website: Ohio University
    • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2005
    • Member Councilor: Patrick A. Limbach
    • Website: University of Cincinnati
    • Location: Toledo, Ohio
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2016
    • Member Councilor: Frank J. Calzonetti
    • Website: University of Toledo

Oklahoma

    • Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1980
    • Member Councilor: Toni Shaklee
    • Website: Oklahoma State University
    • Location: Norman, Oklahoma
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1949
    • Member Councilor: Mark Yeary
    • Website: University of Oklahoma
    • Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Brenton McLaury
    • Website: University of Tulsa

Oregon

    • Location: Corvallis, Oregon
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2018
    • Member Councilor: Irem Tumer
    • Website: Oregon State University
    • Location: Portland, Oregon
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2019
    • Member Councilor: Jason Podrabsky
    • Website: Portland State University

Pennsylvania

    • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2006
    • Member Councilor: David J. Quinn
    • Website: Carnegie Mellon University
    • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 2013
    • Member Councilor: Ronald Kander
    • Website: Jefferson University
    • Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2015
    • Member Councilor: Alan J. Snyder
    • Website: Lehigh University
    • Location: State College, Pennsylvania
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2006
    • Member Councilor: Michelle Hutnik
    • Website: Penn State University
    • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2014
    • Member Councilor: Michele M. Masucci
    • Website: Temple University
    • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1994
    • Member Councilor: Rob A. Rutenbar
    • Website: University of Pittsburgh
    • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 2017
    • Member Councilor: Amanda M. Grannas
    • Website: Villanova University

South Carolina

    • Location: Clemson, South Carolina
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1952
    • Member Councilor: Tanju Karanfil
    • Website: Clemson University
    • Location: Charleston, South Carolina
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 1996
    • Member Councilor: Joseph Carson
    • Website: College of Charleston
    • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1950
    • Member Councilor: Prakash Nagarkatti
    • Website: University of South Carolina

Tennessee

    • Location: Harrogate, Tennessee
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Amiel Jarstfer
    • Website: Lincoln Memorial University
    • Location: Maryville, Tennessee
    • ORAU Associate Member since: 1990
    • Member Councilor: Irene Guerinot
    • Website: Maryville College
    • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1955
    • Member Councilor: Maria Fatima Lima
    • Website: Meharry Medical College
    • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Frances Williams
    • Website: Tennessee State University
    • Location: Memphis, Tennessee
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1971
    • Member Councilor: Jasbir Dhaliwal
    • Website: University of Memphis
    • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Deborah L. Crawford
    • Website: University of Tennessee
    • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Sharon M. Weiss
    • Website: Vanderbilt University

Texas

    • Location: Houston, Texas
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1949
    • Member Councilor: Yousif Shamoo
    • Website: Rice University
    • Location: College Station, Texas
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1950
    • Member Councilor: Jack Baldauf
    • Website: Texas A&M University
    • Location: Fort Worth, Texas
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1962
    • Member Councilor: Floyd L. Wormley
    • Website: Texas Christian University
    • Location: Lubbock, TX
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2011
    • Member Councilor: Joseph A. Heppert
    • Website: Texas Tech University
    • Location: Houston, Texas
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1976
    • Member Councilor: Amr Elnashai
    • Website: University of Houston
    • Location: Denton, Texas
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1955
    • Member Councilor: Mark R. McLellan
    • Website: University of North Texas
    • Location: Austin, Texas
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Alison R. Preston
    • Website: University of Texas at Austin

Utah

    • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2013
    • Member Councilor: David B. Kieda
    • Website: University of Utah
    • Location: Logan, Utah
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 2012
    • Member Councilor: Lisa M. Berreau
    • Website: Utah State University

Virginia

    • Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1966
    • Member Councilor: Dennis M. Manos
    • Website: College of William and Mary
    • Location: Fairfax, Virginia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1993
    • Member Councilor: Rebekah Hersch
    • Website: George Mason University
    • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: David J. Hudson
    • Website: University of Virginia
    • Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1949
    • Member Councilor: Terry Herdman
    • Website: Virginia Tech

Washington, D.C.

    • Location: Washington, D.C.
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1946 (Charter Member)
    • Member Councilor: Ralph Albano
    • Website: Catholic University of America
    • Location: Washington, D.C.
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1992
    • Member Councilor: Robert H. Miller
    • Website: George Washington University
    • Location: Washington, D.C.
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1990
    • Member Councilor: Anthony K. Wutoh
    • Website: Howard University

West Virginia

    • Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
    • ORAU Sponsoring Institution since: 1957
    • Member Councilor: Sheena Murphy
    • Website: West Virginia University

Wisconsin

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Join the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition

ORAU is proud to join the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a private sector-led coalition formed to coordinate the collection, aggregation, and analysis of COVID-19 data and best practices. Led by The MITRE Corporation, ORAU joins the Mayo Clinic, Leavitt Partners, MIT faculty, and others in this newly-launched effort. Our hope is that by utilizing the robust data collection and analytics expertise in the private sector, we can help flatten the COVID-19 curve.

The coalition is unfunded, and open to anyone with data to share and a commitment to collaboration. ORAU invites our university partners to join us in working towards the goal of ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, The MITRE Corporation has released a white paper titled, Stopping COVID-19: Short-term Actions for Long-term Impact. This white paper includes recommendations for non-pharmaceutical interventions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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    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.

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    Where are they now? Powe Award winner Laurent Bellaiche

    Laurent Bellaiche, Ph.D., who now serves as a Distinguished Professor of physics at the University of Arkansas, has followed a stellar career path since he was a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award winner in 1999. Using the funds received from the Powe Award, Bellaiche conducted research on electronic and optical properties of alloys made of semiconductors. The award funding facilitated the investigation of the effect of alloying in varying and optimizing physical properties.

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View the Research & University Partnerships fact sheet


ORAU offers partnerships with other institutions and not-for-profit organizations to disseminate and further test technology, including access to ORAU 120+ member university consortium; funding avenues and assistance for research partnerships in key disciplines, including ORAU-Directed Research and Development Grants and Powe Awards; and access to unique ORAU facilities and extensive databases of worker health records. View a fullscreen version of the factsheet and download the ORAU Research University Partnerships Fact Sheet

Contact us

To learn more about ORAU's University Partnership programs, contact us at 865.576.6513 or university.partnerships@orau.org.