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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
2019 ORNL INCITE Call for Proposals June 7, 2018
19th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment Fair July 26, 2018
Immediate 2018 ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at DHHS Immediate Opening
Immediate Fellowship Opportunities in the HHS/OASH Chief Medical Office Immediate Opening
Savannah River National Lab - Postdoc Opening - Data Science Unspecified
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)

2019 ORNL INCITE Call for Proposals

May 10, 2018

The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Program is soliciting proposals of research for awards on Leadership Computing Facility high performance computing machines for calendar year 2019. These include Summit, the 200-petaflop IBM machine; Titan, the 27-petaflop Cray XK7; Mira, the 10-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q; and Theta, the 11.69-petaflop Cray XC40 machine. Fifty percent of the allocable computing time will be made available on each of these machines for CY 2019. Proposals may be for up to three years. Prospective INCITE-proposal PIs are invited to respond to a Request for Information to inform the INCITE management of the proposal topics anticipated. See details. The information requested here is not a prerequisite for proposal submittal, nor will it limit any requests you may decide to make in your INCITE proposal. However, you are strongly encouraged to respond if you are contemplating submitting an INCITE proposal.

INCITE proposal writing webinar. To help you prepare an INCITE proposal or to learn more about the program, an INCITE proposal writing webinar will be offered on June 7, at 1 p.m. EDT. The 1.5 hour webinar will also include discussion on the Director’s Discretionary Program, a way to request early access to port, and tune and scale your codes in preparation for an INCITE application. See this site for more details and early registration. Address specific questions to the INCITE manager at

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Immediate Fellowship Opportunities in the HHS/OASH Chief Medical Office

April 19, 2018

Two fellowship opportunities are currently available in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC. The Chief Medical Officer serves as the primary medical advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health on the development and implementation of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations. The fellow may have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

  • Assisting the Mentor (project lead) who provides leadership for planning, developing, and implementing extremely complex, national-level public health projects.
  • Conducting background searches for project team objectives.
  • Tracking public health data to be utilized in opioid initiatives.
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Developing written products and oral presentation materials for a variety of initiatives related to opioids, pain, behavioral health, and the social sciences.

To apply, visit

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Immediate 2018 ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at DHHS

April 19, 2018

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, DC is accepting applications for an ORISE Fellowship. The candidate will be mentored by the Senior Leadership in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and be involved alongside the Assistant Secretary for Health directly. The candidate will assist the Mentor (project lead) who provides leadership for planning, developing, and implementing extremely complex, national-level public health programs in collaboration with local, state, other federal and/or international governments, various public, non-profit, private and health-related organizations. The candidate will provide support for establishing systematic methods for program execution and advocacy that include identification of objectives, evaluation criteria, and legal and regulatory compliance requirements.

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Savannah River National Lab - Postdoc Opening - Data Science

April 19, 2018

Associate position in the field of data science, with particular interest in network identification and data visualization. They are especially interested in enthusiastic candidates that can demonstrate significant experience with a wide range of data science applications. Their Postdoctoral Research Associates have initial one-year appointments, with an option to renew for up to three years, depending on project needs and the continued availability of funding. The salary and benefits are competitive. They encourage publication of non-classified results of research efforts, and appreciate candidates that can demonstrate their scientific productivity through peer-reviewed publications and novel research approaches to complex problems.

Successful candidates will have relevant data science experience, critical thinking skills, data processing skills, and a demonstrated ability to synthesize these skills into effective experimental design, execution, and reporting. For more information and to apply go to

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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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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

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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.