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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
Neutron Sciences Call for Proposals Feb. 21, 2018
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Education and Workforce Development Virtual Career Fair Feb. 22, 2018
ORNL Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs - Summer 2018 Feb. 28, 2018
Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program March 12, 2018
ORAU-Directed Research and Development Program: Phase 2 deadline March 26, 2018
ORNL Neutron Scattering Post-Master’s Research Associate 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)

Neutron Sciences Call for Proposals

Feb. 20, 2018

Beam time on two of the world’s most advanced neutron scattering research facilities—the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)—is granted through Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s general user program, which is open to all. In addition, opportunities are available for extended collaboration through programs such as internships and postdoctoral programs. 

The instruments at HFIR and SNS are available free of charge with the understanding that researchers publish their results, making them available to the scientific community. The facilities also are available for fee-based proprietary research. The spring proposal call will close at 11:59 a.m. Feb. 21, 2018. This call is for experiments anticipated to run at SNS from June to December 2018, and at HFIR from July to December 2018.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Education and Workforce Development Virtual Career Fair

Feb. 20, 2018

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are excited to share with you a great opportunity for your students to learn more about the variety of internships and research participation programs available at ORNL, the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy lab.

ORNL and ORISE are co-hosting a virtual career fair Feb. 22, from noon to 3 p.m. EST. Students may register up to the day of the event at http://orau.us/live-ornl (see the agenda at the bottom of the webpage to learn more about the researchers scheduled to chat).  During the virtual career fair, students will be able to chat with ORNL scientists and ORISE recruiters and get tips on applying. Please share this information with your students and encourage them to find out more about the science education programs at ORNL.

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ORNL Neutron Scattering Post-Master’s Research Associate

Feb. 5, 2018

The Neutron Scattering Division (NSD) invites applications for a M.S. biochemist/molecular biologist to join the Large Scale Structures Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at ORNL operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source.

Together these facilities operate 24 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for 2,000 visiting scientists. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.

To learn more about neutron sciences at ORNL, visit neutrons.ornl.gov.

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Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Jan. 17, 2018

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the IC. The research is conducted by the Postdocs, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the IC. In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to a research opportunity.

The application deadline is Monday, March 12, 2018. For additional program information please visit https://www.orau.org/icpostdoc/ or email ICPostdoc@orau.org with any questions.

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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. 

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ORAU-Directed Research and Development Program: Phase 2 deadline is March 26, 2018

Dec. 7, 2017

The deadline for the ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program Phase 2 joint ORAU/university proposal submissions is March 26, 2018. As a reminder, ODRD projects are joint collaborations consisting of innovative research-based approaches/solutions that fall within the intersection of ORAU’s core capabilities and our member universities research interests. 

Universities may propose ODRD Concepts for potential collaboration with an ORAU subject matter expert (SME). University ODRD concepts are vetted by each school’s ORAU Councilor and submitted on the Value Through Partnerships External SharePoint Site. Research concepts need to be submitted as early as possible to provide sufficient time to develop the joint proposals.

After matching interests, Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications are submitted by the ORAU SME, on behalf of the collaboration team. Phase 1 participation is not a requirement for Phase 2. Phase 1 travel grants are considered on an on-going basis.  

For additional program information, please visit the ODRD Program page.

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ORNL Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs - Spring and Summer 2018

Oct. 25, 2017

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applications for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in ORNL’s Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018. The programs is designed to train the next generation of nuclear scientists by maximizing the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory and increasing research opportunities. While attending the program, students will enrich their laboratory experience by attending lectures and seminars; network with laboratory research staff and fellow students; and take technical tours of ORNL facilities.

Applications for the Summer 2018 Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program are due Feb. 28, 2018. For additional information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3685.

For any questions, please contact NESLS@orau.org.

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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.   


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