Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Since 1950, students and faculty of Texas A&M University and its branch campuses have benefited from membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security, and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and a consortium of more than 100 PhD-granting universities, ORAU works with federal, state, local, and commercial organizations to advance national priorities and serve the public interest.
ORAU operates the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), a Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination. ORISE administers a broad range of internships, fellowships, and research experiences available primarily to those pursuing STEM disciplines. Programs are offered at DOE national laboratories and other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well as some locations outside the United States.
ORAU actively works with its member universities to connect their expertise with government and private sector organizations and to create meaningful partnerships for innovation in scientific research and education. Opportunities provided by ORAU include grants for faculty to travel to establish collaboration with other scientists. Other opportunities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, which provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions and are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) program provides a path for funding innovative research-based approaches/solutions that fall within the intersection of ORAU’s core capabilities and its member universities research interests.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, visitor contact:
Vice President for Research
ORAU Councilor for Texas A&M University