ORAU: Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Number of Submissions Per Institution: 
Internal Deadline: 
11/27/2017 (All day)
LOI or Pre-Proposal Required: 
External Deadline: 
01/08/2018 (All day)
Award Amount: 

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide 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.
How to Apply

Full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application are eligible. If there is a question on eligibility, the ORAU Councilor makes the final decision.

Technical Areas

The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines:

    Engineering and Applied Science
    Life Sciences
    Mathematics/Computer Sciences
    Physical Sciences
    Policy, Management, or Education

Number of Submissions

Each ORAU member councilor may submit up to two applications each year.

Funding Source and Duration

Funding is provided exclusively from non-federal monies by ORAU. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. This is a one-year grant (June 1 to May 31).

Funding Restrictions

This award can include funds for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award from ORAU or the university match.
Research Collaborations

Applicants are encouraged to develop research collaborations with government, private-sector, and other academic researchers. Such alliances enrich and extend not only the reach of your efforts, but the nation’s research enterprise, overall.

Because of the close working relationship between ORAU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Award Committee particularly encourages collaborative interaction with ORNL. Thus, substantive interdisciplinary research and inter-institutional research partnerships will be considered as very positive factors in the review process, and will increase chances for success.
Diverse Participant Population

ORAU is committed to the promotion of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Selection Process

Application reviews will be coordinated by ORAU councilors and conducted by scholars with expertise in the discipline of the application. Each application will receive three independent reviews. Final selection of awardees will be made by the ORAU Policy Committee.