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ORAU Consortium Membership

Exclusive opportunities for faculty and students are among the benefits of ORAU University Consortium membership

Keeping our nation on the leading edge of science and technology is at the heart of everything we do at ORAU. That’s why our 100+ member university consortium is so important. Through partnerships with our university consortium, ORAU works with government agencies, national labs and private industry  to advance scientific research and education.

Being a member of ORAU’s University Consortium has its privileges, including access to unique vehicles for funding research, professional growth and development opportunities, and interesting collaborations.

  • Unique funding vehicles - ORAU has a variety of contract vehicles in place to help you establish a working relationship with us more quickly and efficiently.
    • The ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) investment program provides a path for funding innovative research-based approaches/solutions with our partner universities.
    • ORAU’s Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles assist eligible member universities in supporting the science and technology needs of federal agencies.
    • GSA schedules provide access to a range of ORAU services that may be used by federal agencies.
  • Professional growth - ORAU’s numerous annual programs offer grants, knowledge-strengthening competitions, and interactions with scientific leaders that will enhance the professional growth and development of your institution’s faculty and students.
  • Collaborations - Exploring opportunities to foster mutually-beneficial education and research collaborations between ORAU’s programs and our university partners are a high priority. 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.

As we continue to build on our rich history of promoting excellence in science and education, we invite you to take advantage of University Consortium membership. Your institution can help influence innovative changes in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, and positively influence America’s education agenda.

  • Each institution in ORAU’s University Consortium appoints a representative to the Council of Sponsoring Institutions, which governs ORAU in accordance with the Council’s Charter and By Laws. These representatives, called Councilors, are appointed by the executive head of each Sponsoring or Associate member institution.

    Preferably, the appointed Councilor is the Chief Research Officer for the institution. The Councilor serves as the liaison between the member university and ORAU. Councilor responsibilities and functions include the following:

    • Casts the Sponsoring institution’s vote at the Annual Meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions (Associate Members do not vote on matters considered by the Council).
    • Notifies the ORAU University Partnerships Office of changes in the appointed Councilor or Chief Research Officer at the institution.
    • Receives and disseminates information on ORAU grant programs and activities to administrators, faculty and students at the institution, including but not limited to Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Program, Travel Grants, Event Sponsorship GrantsHeidelberg and Lindau Meetings of Nobel Laureates and Students and the ORAU-Directed Research and Development Program.
    • Manages information flow regarding opportunities for joint funding, participant programs, and ORAU grant programs to appropriate personnel in the university and may choose to engage a team of colleagues to maximize engagement.
    • Arranges campus visits by ORAU staff.
    • Serves as the conduit for submission of proposals to ORAU grant programs, which limits the number of applications from an institution.
    • Understands ORAU core competencies and facilitates partnerships for joint proposals involving university faculty and ORAU subject matter experts.
    • Understands institutional capabilities and interests, strategic plans and asset availability. 
    • Employs technical background, expertise, and interests as a volunteer for service on Council committees, such as award selection committees.
    • Monitors and facilitates payment of the ORAU annual membership dues.

    ORAU New Council Orientation from ORAU on Vimeo.

  • A benefit of membership in the ORAU University Consortium is exclusive access to grants, science and technology events, and collaborative opportunities.

    Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

    Opportunity Deadline
    "Nuclear Power: A Safe Future" – Undergraduate $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity Oct. 31, 2018
    Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program Accepting Applications for Spring and Summer 2019 Jan. 6, 2019 (Spring)
    Feb. 28, 2019 (Summer)
    Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Jan. 9, 2019
    ORAU Events Sponsorship Program Cycle 2 deadline: March 1, 2019
    ORAU-Directed Research and Development Grants March 25, 2019
    ORAU Events Sponsorship Program Cycle 1 deadline: Sept. 1, 2019

    "Nuclear Power: A Safe Future" – Undergraduate $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

    Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the “Nuclear Power: A Safe Future” competition. For the opportunity to earn a $5,000, $3,000, or $1,000 scholarship, undergraduates are asked to identify a potential future threat to nuclear power plant safety and propose a plan to mitigate it.  For more information on this competition, please visit the ORISE website. The competition deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 31.

    Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program Accepting Applications for Spring and Summer 2019

    The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program, a cooperative research initiative at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)—administered through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and geared toward students working in nuclear engineering and science—is now accepting applications for spring and summer 2019. NESLS offers students on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory. Research areas of interest may include nuclear security technologies; nuclear systems analysis, design and safety; fuels, isotopes, and nuclear materials. Other features of the internship include:

    • Stipend based on academic status, ranging from $529-$935 per week for full-time; pro-rated for part-time
    • Travel/housing assistance (based on eligibility)
    • Professional development activities
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
    • Open to U.S. and eligible international citizenship

    To be eligible, students must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university in a nuclear engineering, science, or eligible related degree with a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA at the time of appointment. Community college students must be working towards an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree. All awards and active participation in the program are contingent upon security access approval to ORNL.

    Applicants seeking an internship in spring 2019 must apply by Jan. 6, 2019, and applicants seeking an internship in summer 2019 must apply by Feb. 28, 2019. Program applications for both the spring 2019 and summer 2019 internships must be submitted through the online application system. Other scientific educational programs offered at ORNL are also available and currently seeking applicants; visit orise.orau.gov/ornl for more information.

    Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

    The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The deadline for applications for the FY 2019 awards is Wednesday, Jan. 9, at noon EST. Earlier communications indicated a due date of Jan. 7. The due date has been changed to Jan. 9.

    Each ORAU member councilor may submit up to two applications each year. This year we are implementing a new application intake system that will make the process easier and more efficient for applicants, Councilors, and ORAU. Further information and instructions will be sent out in early October.

    ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program

    The FY 2019 competition for ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) collaborative awards of up to $75,000 to be shared between the university and ORAU researchers is now open. We anticipate and expect that these seed funds will position the collaborative teams to be more competitive for new, external funding opportunities. The deadline for joint ORAU/university proposals is March 25, 2019 and potential university partners are encouraged to submit concepts for discussion with ORAU partners as soon as possible. 

    ORAU Events Sponsorship Program

    Events Sponsorship Program Cycle 2 applications are due March 1, 2019 for events occurring between April 1 and September 30. Each member university is limited to one award per fiscal year. Awards in the 2019 Cycle 1 competition are included in the limit.

  • Now that you are an ORAU Consortium Member, you want to begin reaping the full benefits as quickly as possible. That’s why the Memorandum of Understanding is so important.

    Our MOU facilitates rapid collaboration between ORAU and your institution on potential proposals or projects. The MOU allows a pre-negotiation of standard terms for a Non-Disclosure Agreement and Teaming Agreement before they are required. Member Institutions are requested to sign the MOU and NDA after terms have been negotiated and needs of the institution have been met. 

    The fully executed MOU, which remains active for a three-year period, meets the requirement for access to the Value through Partnerships external, secure SharePoint site where partnership opportunities are posted. As these opportunities result into specific proposals and projects, a statement of work is incorporated into the Teaming Agreement.

    If you have business questions about the MOU, please contact Laura Bowen.

    If you have legal questions regarding modifications of the terms, please contact Rachel Lokitz.

  • Adding value to your membership in ORAU’s University Consortium is a priority for us. To that end, ORAU partners with private industry on major government contracts, primarily Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) awards. Many of these awards provide opportunities for Consortium members to conduct real-world research for government agencies. 

    Information on available opportunities can be found on our secure Value through Partnerships SharePoint site. Only members that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) with ORAU are granted access to this site. If you have already established an account, please visit the SharePoint site via the link below and enter your login credentials.

    Value through Partnerships SharePoint site

    If your institution is an ORAU Consortium member and has not signed an MOU and NDA and wishes to do so, please contact Cathy Fore or Laura Bowen. Once these documents are fully executed, a SharePoint account can be created.

  • A visit from ORAU to your campus should be a valuable highlight of your membership in the ORAU University Consortium. A campus visit offers an opportunity for ORAU representatives to join in value-added conversations with university leadership, faculty and students. Campus visits help us gain a deeper understanding of your institution’s research agenda and priorities, and they help us learn how your priorities align with ORAU's core competencies. Through this alignment, we can build a better, stronger partnership together, resulting in mutually-beneficial collaborations.

    A campus visit may be a newsworthy event, especially if a presentation or seminar by a member of ORAU’s team is included in the visit agenda.

    Because campus visits can be newsworthy, we have developed a campus visit toolkit to assist you in planning and organizing the visit. The toolkit includes:

    • A campus visit agenda template
    • A seminar announcement template
    • A biography for the ORAU representative(s) conducting the visit
    • A sample news release for use in publicizing the visit and seminar or for new members to announce ORAU visits during and after the membership process.

    To schedule a campus visit, or to obtain a copy of the campus visit toolkit, call the University Partnerships Office at 865.576.6513 or university.partnerships@orau.org.

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Enhancing awareness and opportunities for research collaborations

Enhancing awareness and opportunities for research collaborations

ORAU continues to enhance its consortium members’ awareness of a variety of ORAU contract vehicles, avenues for joint proposals with ORAU, and opportunities to engage in applied research with ORAU, private industry and/or federal customers. While opportunities are continually being generated and refined, the ultimate goal is to provide a strong benefit to consortium members and ORAU alike by supporting research and scientific advancement in mutually beneficial areas, enhanced collaborations between members and ORAU and increased support for university initiatives that align with private sector and federal customer needs.

Contact us

To learn more about how to become an ORAU consortium member, contact ORAU's University Partnerships at 865.576.6513 or university.partnerships@orau.org.