Partnerships for Innovation
We take great pride in our strategic relationship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and UT-Battelle, the lab’s managing contractor. For more than 60 years, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has placed its highest priority on facilitating research by university-based scientists at the lab. Since the very beginning of the partnership, ORAU has assisted the lab in advancing its science agenda.
Experience has proven that building meaningful relationships between university faculty and lab scientists is the foundation that leads to collaboration on major scientific initiatives. So we focus our efforts and investment on helping universities establish those relationships at DOE’s largest science and energy laboratory.
As ORAU has invested in cultivating the next generation of scientists, engineers and other talented professionals from our nation’s academic institutions and beyond, ORNL has invested in leadership-class facilities that provide a fertile bed for advances in research and new scientific and technological discoveries.
Through this ORAU/ORNL partnership that represents more than six decades of cooperation, a variety of productive collaborations have provided educational opportunities for faculty members, students and recent graduates at ORNL in the form of science education and research participation programs that support ORNL’s science and technology mission.
From DOE-funded appointments to numerous ORNL internally funded programs and other appointments supported by federal agencies such as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ORAU has cooperated with ORNL to design, implement and administer robust science education programs that serve the emerging needs of both the academic and laboratory research communities.
To learn more about educational opportunities at ORNL sponsored by ORAU, please visit the ORNL Science Education Programs website.