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ORAU Travel Grants Program

Up to $800 available to member universities for travel related to research collaboration

Opportunities for collaboration are often strengthened by the ability of potential partners to meet face-to-face. A travel grant from ORAU can help get your collaboration off to a great start.

Travel grants are available to faculty and staff members from ORAU member universities. Grants of up to $800 can be requested. A student may be included, but may not be the sole traveler covered by the grant.

Travel grants are awarded based in part on the following criteria:

  • The travel opportunity has the potential to engage others, especially students.
  • The opportunity presents the probability of a long-term collaboration.
  • The opportunity presents a new collaboration, meaning there are not already strong connections in place among proposed partners.
  • The opportunity will result in a well-defined outcome(s), such as a proposal to an identified opportunity, a white paper in anticipation of future funding, or publication as a result of data collected during the visit.

Frequently asked questions

    • Applications must be for travel to collaborate with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, ORAU, or another ORAU member institution. The program is not intended to support travel to work with current collaborations or to interact with potential collaborators at locations other than their laboratories, such as conferences. 
    • Requests must comply with federal travel expenditure guidelines.
    • Applications must be submitted BEFORE the travel takes place (no grants will be awarded after the fact).
    • Each ORAU member university is limited to two awards within ORAU’s fiscal year (October 1 - September 30).
  • Funding is provided exclusively from non-federal monies by ORAU.
    • ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the grant award.
    • Grants may only be used to cover either transportation expenses (train, plane, bus or other) or accommodation expenses.
    • Other travel-related expenses, such as food, will not be reimbursed.
    • Travel must be completed by September 30 (the end of ORAU’s fiscal year.)
  • Within 30 days following completion of the trip, grant recipients are required to submit a one-page summary of the outcomes of the trip, including any presentations made, visits with students, other benefits, and anticipated outcomes. Photos taken during the trip are always appreciated so they can be used as examples.

Ready to apply?

Please complete the application form below. In addition, an email from your ORAU Councilor endorsing your request is required and should be attached at the bottom of the application.

Contact us

To learn more about the Travel Grants program, contact the University Partnerships office at 865.576.6513 or