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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.

Apply now for the 2020 Extreme Classroom Makeover contest!

Apply now for the 2020 Extreme Classroom Makeover contest!

ORAU’s Extreme Classroom Makeover helps improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in public schools across East Tennessee by giving one winning teacher $25,000 in new technology. See if you qualify and apply now! Application period closes on February 7, 2020.

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Fly fishing, veterans support and friendship

Fly fishing, veterans support and friendship

Elaine Huskey discovered a passion for fly fishing in the Rockies and now shares it with disabled veterans and active duty military members recovering from physical and emotional injuries.

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Powe Awards intake system now open!

Powe Awards intake system now open!

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program provides 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. ORAU member councilors—Look for the ORAU Members Only announcement in your email for details about the application process. The deadline for the FY 2020 awards is Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST.

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PIMS aids the VHA's Comprehensive Emergency Management Program

PIMS aids the VHA's Comprehensive Emergency Management Program

The Veterans Health Administration Performance Improvement Management System (VHA PIMS) is a web-based system that provides a consistent and efficient approach to plan, develop, evaluate and improve emergency management activities throughout the VHA. ORAU developed PIMS to be a technology software solution to support the VHA’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Program.

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Jamey Kennedy

Podcast episode 16: Not your grandfather's strategic plan

The ORAU strategic plan is not a hallowed document formulated by a committee of executives and then distributed to employees to follow. Rather, our strategic plan is developed, updated, implemented and thoughtfully discussed using Agile, an iterative, cross-functional approach to project management that relies on input from employees at all levels of the company. In fact, upwards of half of ORAU's employees were involved in the development of the latest strategic plan. Jamey Kennedy, ORAU strategic plan advisor, talks about our process, as well as some lessons about life she learned while on a harrowing trip to Norway in early 2019.

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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.

  • Gerontological Society of America 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting

    • Strength in Age: Harnessing the Power of Networks
    • Nov. 13-17, 2019
    • Austin, Texas

    Look for the ORAU booth in the exhibit hall at the 2019 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. GSA is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research, learning and practice.

  • Covering Substance Abuse & Recovery: A Workshop for Journalists

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Delta Hotels by Marriott
    1441 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky.

    This event focuses on how to cover substance abuse and recovery. The agenda is packed with a variety of experts in the field, including award-winning journalists, authors, researchers, officials and people in recovery. Jennifer Reynolds and Kristin Mattson, ORAU opioid communication experts, will be speaking as well. The event is sponsored by ORAU and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. Registration is $50 through November 8, 2019. Register here: http://www.cvent.com/d/vyqycs

  • 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, 12 p.m. ET

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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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  • 75th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions

    ORAU’s 75th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held March 9-11, 2020 and is focused on “Smart Cities and Communities.” The meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss key technology, economic and policy challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia, federal agencies, and national organizations will share their views on critical infrastructure systems and resiliency, as well as transitioning innovative research to practice.

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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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