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What We Offer

ORAU STEM Accelerator partners and clients can work with us broadly to access a diverse network.

Our goal is to drive research and development, advocate for innovative training and education solutions, shape policy, and deliver tangible outcomes to strengthen the United States STEM workforce.

Gain access to a network of diverse public and private partnerships to address the toughest STEM challenges facing K-12, technical, community colleges, and four-year institutions, including education and training for STEM capacity-building.

Impact Areas

Access resources and expertise

Leverage our resources, assessments, and market analyses to advocate for and generate effective STEM in the following areas:

  • Workforce strategy and capacity building
  • Education and training programs
  • Pipeline, recruitment, placement, and retention best practices
  • Improve your DEIA practices

Our experts work in sectors like nuclear science and technology, space manufacturing, critical infrastructure, and other areas where STEM gaps exist.

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Catalyze innovation through collaboration

Work with ORAU’s STEM Accelerator to bring together public-private organizations to host design-thinking workshops to solve challenges in the STEM ecosystem. Using human-centered design practices, our team helps partners think creatively, build clarity and consensus, and ask the right questions at the right time. We leverage tools to spark insightful conversations, capture meaningful results, and guide creative problem solving.

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Economic development

Bolster local and regional economic development through improved STEM education, training, and workforce capacity-building. Economic local and regional cluster analyses and strategy will help partners evaluate current and future workforce needs in real-time. 

Facilitator and subject matter experts engaged in peer review

Collaborate on funded research opportunities

Engage with academic and research institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in cutting-edge research that addresses critical challenges in STEM education and training at the federal, state, regional, and local levels.

Qingguo Xu, DPhil, a 2018 winner of the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Create and launch solutions

Create and launch innovative new approaches in STEM education and training solutions that are scalable. We identify research and development proposals across sectors and bring together the power of our 150+ member university consortium and 30+ minority serving institutions around these scalable solutions. We also assemble effective teams around sector or industry specific needs to undertake scientific research that results in new approaches.

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Define, inform, and transform

Provide thought leadership to inform local, state, regional, and federal agencies on innovative approaches to improve STEM learning and accelerate our workforce. Together with our partners, we want to define the future of education, learning, and workforce capacity-building in STEM.

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Participate in STEM education and workforce events

Join our annual meeting of our sponsoring institutions as well as focus groups, design-thinking workshops, road-mapping workshops, and other conferences we convene or host to address STEM workforce challenges.

Speakers at the ORAU Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions on March 6, 2023

Contact us

For more information about ORAU STEM Accelerator, contact Liv Blackmon at