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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
Bilateral Academic Research Initiative (BARI) July 6, 2018
19th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment Fair July 26, 2018
ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads Cohort 3 applications opening this September Unspecified
ORAU and Florida Institute of Technology Partnering to Study Workplace Restrictions on Personal Mobile Devices Unspecified
ORAU Events Sponsorship Program Cycle 1 deadline: Sept. 1
Cycle 2 deadline: March 1
ORAU Travel Grants Ongoing (may submit two requests per fiscal year, which runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30)

Bilateral Academic Research Initiative (BARI)

The BARI program supports basic research in science and engineering stemming from interactive collaborative efforts between U.S. institutions of higher education and U.K. institutions of higher education that is of potential interests to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.K Ministry of Defense (MOD).

The program is focused on international collaborative research efforts where teams from the United States and the United Kingdom combine unique skillsets and approaches to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of mutual interests to the U.S. DoD and UK MOD. The area of interest is artificial intelligence (AI) and collaborative decision making. The research goal is to progress beyond collaborative human-machine sense making to develop approaches that might also enable collaborative decision making.

The end goal is for humans and technology to be effective parts of the same team, with a machine behaving as an equal team member that can reason as well as its human team mates. These teaming capabilities are an essential step toward a more general AI that is capable of true human-machine teaming. Applications due Friday, July 6, 2018.

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ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads Cohort 3 applications opening this September

June 7, 2018

Innovation Crossroads is an entrepreneurial fellowship program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that supports leading technology innovators as they work to transform an energy or advanced manufacturing idea with global potential into a successful startup company.  We will begin accepting applications for cohort 3 this September.

Entrepreneurially-minded individuals can  learn more about the program at and sign up for Cohort 3 updates!

Program Benefits

  • A two-year fellowship stipend to allow innovators to focus totally on their startup company
  • R&D funding support to be used in collaboration with ORNL researchers and facilities
  • Business mentorship, education, and introductions to potential customers, partners, and investors

Important Dates

  • September 2018 - Applications open
  • May 2019 - Cohort 3 begins

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73rd Annual Meeting of the Council of ORAU Sponsoring Institutions - Presentations Available

April 6, 2018

Presentations from the 73rd Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions are available on our Annual Meeting Website. The presentations are linked through their corresponding presentation time on the agenda pages.

The presentations for the Business Meeting session are available on our Value Through Partnerships SharePoint site under Business Sensitive Presentations. If you need access to this site, please contact us at

The following is the link for APLU’s Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in our Universities that was mentioned during the Annual Meeting: This guide is a roadmap for a university-wide effort to strengthen a culture of research safety. The guide has action steps, resources, and recommendations to help navigate the challenge of changing the culture of the institution. The guide is intended for university presidents and chancellors who have made a renewed commitment to improve their institutional culture of safety, and it is intended for the campus leadership team that the president appoints to helm this effort. The task force encourages each institution to use the guide in ways that fits their unique institutional contexts.

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19th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment Fair

April 6, 2018

The 19th ORISE and ORNL graduate student recruitment fair will take place this August! Last year we had close to 500 of the nation’s top undergraduates in our research participant programs at ORNL, and we predict that number will grow this year. With undergraduates in a wide variety of fields ranging from physical sciences to engineering, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your institution’s graduate programs.

The fair is held in conjunction with the conclusion of the ORNL summer undergraduate student programs to capitalize on this brimming talent pool. Over 200 students from across the country will present posters of their research at ORNL during an all-day session on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The Recruitment Fair will run the entire day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, so students may come to all university tables during the day.

We do hope you will attend or have others represent your institution to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to attract top-flight students to your institution’s graduate programs.

The registration deadline is Thursday, July 26. There will be a limit of one table/four people per institution. Table location will be assigned upon arrival. Register each attendee at to reserve a table and receive ORNL badge access. Only those who register will receive badge access.

Be aware that increased security concerns require that you have early approval to access the Laboratory. US Citizens must apply by July 26. Non-citizens, including legal permanent residents, must apply by June 14. Representatives will be limited to Building 5200, ORNL Visitor Center and will not be permitted to go to any other buildings on campus. If you will be meeting with any ORNL staff, they will need to meet with you in the Visitor Center, where there are plenty of tables and chairs available.

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ORAU and Florida Institute of Technology Partnering to Study Workplace Restrictions on Personal Mobile Devices

Jan. 17, 2018

The White House announced last week that it will prohibit staffers who work in the West Wing from using personal mobile device because work there is in the security interest of the nation. The reality is, many workplaces prohibit the use of personal mobile devices and restrict access to social media during the workday.

ORAU and the Florida Institute of Technology are collaborating on an ODRD project to conduct a survey of people in this situation. Are you restricted from using personal mobile devices or accessing social media where you work? If yes, we would like to hear from you. 

Take Survey

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Information regarding ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) pilot program

ORAU has launched an ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) pilot program, designed to facilitate collaboration between ORAU Programs and University Partners by funding innovative research-based approaches/ solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Through an internal, competitive application process, successful ODRD-funded projects will result in proposals that can generate new sponsored research, jointly performed by ORAU and partner universities.

Funds allocated to universities may be used for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award.

ODRD projects are an ORAU program-driven effort at this time. If the program is extended to FY 2017, additional information regarding eligibility, the application process and deadlines will be provided.   

Spotlight on the Powe Junior Faculty Awards program

Employment and Entrepreneurship seminar at the University of South Carolina

Learn about the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards and how they are making a difference for junior faculty at ORAU member universities across the country.