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Member Grant Programs

ORAU’s University Consortium invests in opportunities to connect and collaborate

In striving to keep our nation at the forefront of scientific research and education, ORAU’s University Consortium provides opportunities for member institutions to connect with each other, as well as with ORAU program staff, government agencies and institutions.

The ORAU University Consortium offers several grant programs to facilitate these connections and thereby create opportunities for cutting edge and innovative research.

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    ORAU-Directed Research and Development

    ODRD fosters collaboration among ORAU subject matter experts and member universities by funding innovative research-based approaches or solutions that fall within the needs of ORAU and our customers, as well as the research interests of our member institutions. 

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  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award winner in laboratory

    Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program

    The Powe program recognizes ambitious young faculty at the beginning of their tenure by investing in the early stages of their academic career. The program provides funds to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and helps them identify new funding opportunities.

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  • ORAU Event Sponsorship Program

    Innovation Partnerships Program

    This program provides up to $4,000 to support an event that involves participants from more than one member institution, including students. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU member institution by a well-known speaker, workshops or conferences with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

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Contact us

To learn more about how to become an ORAU consortium member, contact ORAU's University Partnerships at 865.576.6513 or