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Oak Ridge Associated Universities

For more than 70 years, we have helped our customers advance their mission by providing science, health and workforce solutions. Through our specialized teams of experts and a consortium of more than 120 universities, we connect the right people and resources to help our customers solve our nation’s most challenging issues.

Powe awardee researches rocks that formed Earth’s continents billions of years ago

Powe awardee researches rocks that formed Earth’s continents billions of years ago

Suzanne Birner, an assistant professor of geology and earth science at Berea College, is one of 36 junior faculty members from ORAU member institutions to receive the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. She analyzes rocks from the Earth’s upper mantle once they are exposed along tectonic plate boundaries. With careful analyses, she hopes to learn more about volcanic eruptions, particularly those that formed the Earth’s continents billions of years ago.

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ORAU preparedness resources advance local readiness across the United States

ORAU preparedness resources advance local readiness across the United States

From 2008-2015, ORAU in partnership with the CDC Healthcare Preparedness and Response Team conducted a series of community workshops aimed at improving health care responses during an influenza pandemic or other public health emergency. These community engagements helped identify pressing healthcare preparedness planning needs and subsequently informed the development of several preparedness resources.

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ORAU is advancing our nation’s medical countermeasures readiness

ORAU is advancing our nation’s medical countermeasures readiness

ORAU has specialized in medical countermeasures (MCM) preparedness since 2012, including support for a bidirectional text messaging program, called StopAnthrax™ designed to be activated during an anthrax incident. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthcare Preparedness and Response Team, ORAU developed the StopAnthrax™ text messaging program to be activated following an anthrax incident in the United States.

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Peer Reviewers conduct their review to preserve funding integrity

Peer Review helps research funding agencies get the most value for their dollars

If you won the lottery, every distant relative along with dozens of non-profit organizations and others would come to you with their hands out. How would you determine who is most worthy of receiving some money? That’s the analogy Keri Cagle uses when talking about the value of peer review.

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Going Further. Together.

Going Further. Together.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance science education and workforce development and protect health and the environment. We connect the right people and resources to get things done, and we put the full power of our organization behind every project—both large and small.

  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

    As an investment in the future of science education in America, ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program rewards ambitious young faculty at our member universities.

    Deadline is January 8, 2020

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  • Events Sponsorship Program

    The Events Sponsorship Program provides up to $4,000 to support events that involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

    Deadline is March 1, 2020

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  • ORAU-Directed Research and Development Program

    Phase 2: ORAU/University joint applications

    Deadline is March 23, 2020

    Phase 2 projects are defined as innovative research projects that enhance ORAU’s core scientific and technical competencies in partnership with a member university. The project should be achievable in 3 to 6 months, but no longer than 1 year, and is designed to produce "proof-of-concept"-type results leading to a white paper, conference presentation, and/or a technical publication with a clear proposal concept and identification of target funding sources. 

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