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Mentors/Customers

If you're looking to contract with the ORAU/ORISE Maryland Office, the following information will put you in touch with the right people who can help you get started. If you do not see an option that applies to your needs, please contact the ORAU/ORISE Maryland Office Group Manager.

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ORAU is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit enterprise that has been working with government agencies, universities, and corporate entities since 1946. We regularly team with a broad range of customers and partners to pursue opportunities of mutual interest. The following are ways in which you can establish a working relationship with us:

Direct contract with ORAU

If you have a request for proposal that you'd like us to consider or if you have questions about how to obtain ORAU's services, please contact: ORAUMaryland@orau.org or 410-306-9200/Kim.Myers@orau.org or 410-306-9205.

Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) agreement under ORAU's contract to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

    • Work performed for other agencies under this contract is subject to DOE approval, must adhere to the requirements of the Economy Act, must be consistent with or complement the missions of DOE and ORISE, and must not place ORISE in direct competition with the private sector.
    • The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) allows the performance of work for non-DOE entities when the work is not directly funded by DOE. It also provides for the use of DOE facilities for such work.
    • The objectives of the SPP program are:
      • To provide assistance to other federal agencies and nonfederal entities in accomplishing goals that may otherwise be unobtainable and to avoid the possible duplication of effort at federal facilities.
      • To provide non-DOE entities access to highly specialized or unique DOE facilities, services or technical expertise.
      • To increase research and development that will transfer technology originating in DOE facilities to industry for further development or commercialization.
      • To maintain core competencies and enhance the science and technology base at DOE facilities.

SPP Criteria

All SPP work:

    • Must be consistent with or complementary to missions of DOE and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE);
    • Will not adversely impact DOE programs assigned to ORISE;
    • Will not place DOE in direct competition with the domestic private sector;
    • Will not create a detrimental future burden on DOE resources.

How Does the SPP Process Work?

Customers may arrange for work to be conducted at ORISE through a relatively simple business arrangement. The key steps in the overall process are:

    • Preliminary discussions between ORISE and the customer;
    • ORISE prepares a proposal, budget estimates and resource requirements;
    • DOE, ORISE and the customer review and approve the proposal;
    • Customer submits funding;
    • DOE accepts customer's funding and authorizes work to begin.

ORISE performs the work in compliance with the terms and conditions of the agreement. Billing is monthly, and payments are due within 30 days for federal agencies. Non-federal entities are required to provide advance funding unless an exemption is granted by DOE.

If your organization is designated as a small business; small disadvantaged business; 8(a) firm; historically underutilized business zone; woman-owned small business; veteran-owned small business; service-disabled, veteran-owned small business; or other type of small or minority-owned business, please contact our Small Business Representative for information about conducting business with us.

Partnerships with ORAU

ORAU works closely with many colleges and universities—including historically black colleges and universities and minority education institutions—and welcomes new partnerships, as well as new members to our university consortium. For more information on how to partner with us or join as a new member, please contact ORAU's University Partnerships Office, which cultivates and manages ORAU relationships with academic institutions.