From: Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a consortium of major Ph.D-granting academic institutions that cultivates collaborative partnerships that enhance scientific research and education in the United States.  Virginia Tech is a member of this consortium, which qualifies our faculty to apply for ORAU grants.

Award areas include:

  • Research seed money for junior faculty
  • ORAU-directed research seed money
  • Events sponsorship
  • Travel grants


Information of 2018 grants and deadlines is below.

ORAU accepts a limited number of applicants from one institution for each grant.  Contact Dr. Terry Herdman, Virginia Tech’s ORAU Councilor, in order to apply or if you have questions:

Terry L. Herdman

Associate Vice President for Research Computing

Tel: (540) 231 7667

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Seed money to junior faculty with the aim of enriching their research and professional growth, leading to new funding opportunities.

VT Internal Deadline:

Friday, December 15 at 12:00 pm EST

VT Internal Acceptance:

Wednesday, December 20, 2018

ORAU Application Deadline:

Friday, January 5, 2018

ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program

Up to $75,000 in seed money for collaborative projects between the university and ORAU researchers, with the aim of making the collaborative teams more competitive for new, external funding opportunities.

VT Internal Deadline:


VT Internal Acceptance:


ORAU Application Deadline:

Monday, March 26, 2018

ORAU Events Sponsorship Program

Up to $4,000 to support events involving more than one ORAU institution (i. e. renowned speaker, conferences/workshops with focused theme, or technology transfer/business plan competition). Applications for events occurring between April 1 and September 30, 2018 are currently being accepted

VT Internal Deadline:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

VT Internal Acceptance:


ORAU Application Deadline:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

ORAU Travel Grants Program

Up to $800 for travel by faculty or staff. Students can be included, but may not be the sole traveler.

VT Internal Deadline:                    Rolling

Internal Notification:                     N/A

ORAU Application Deadline:        FY 2018