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ORAU membership provides access to scientific research and educational partnerships, funding

From staff reports | Apr 20, 2016

Ohio University has become a sponsoring institution of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of 121 member universities that advances research and educational partnerships across a broad spectrum of science and technology areas.

“As a major research institution, we believe that membership in ORAU will benefit our students and faculty, as well as enable important new collaborations,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College at Ohio University.

Based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, ORAU draws on substantial in-house expertise and the assets of its member institutions to carry out a large array of contract work for the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal entities that support education and workforce development; environmental, health and safety analyses; and national security analysis and preparedness.

Membership in ORAU provides a number of benefits to Ohio University faculty, staff and students, through access to specific programming and funding opportunities. Examples include:

  • The Travel Grants Program, which provides up to $800 for faculty travel for research collaborations, funding opportunities or student engagement.

  • The High Performance Computing Grant Program, which provides up to $50,000 for faculty or student research.  

  • The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, which provides $5,000 (contingent on a 1:1 institutional match) to faculty in the areas of engineering and applied science, life sciences, mathematics/computer sciences, physical sciences, and policy, management or education.

  • The Events Sponsorship Program, which provides up to $4,000 for events such as visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

  • The Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students, an annual opportunity for students to meet scholars in Germany.

  • The Heidelberg Laureate Forum, a professional development opportunity for students and postdoctoral fellows in mathematics and computer science.

  • A listing of internships and funding programs sponsored by ORAU members.

Ohio University previously has collaborated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is affiliated with the ORAU consortium, on research in nuclear physics, mathematics and chemistry. The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs also has expressed interest in the university’s membership to develop additional partnerships.

“Based on overlapping areas of research expertise, we anticipate potential future collaborations in the areas of materials sciences and advanced manufacturing, molecular biology, clean energy, big data and supercomputing,” Shields said. “We would welcome other areas of scientific collaboration as well.”

Ohio University faculty and students can find out how to participate in ORAU programs by visiting http://www.orau.org/university-partnerships/members-only/default.aspx. Questions regarding Ohio University’s engagement with ORAU and access to resulting opportunities also can be directed to research@ohio.edu.