LSO: 2019 ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

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This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions. 

Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC combined) can nominate up to two assistant professors for the 2018 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). The awards provide seed money for research intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty. The award amount is $5,000, which can be used for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research, but does not allow indirect charges. Because of the close working relationship between ORAU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the award committee particularly encourages collaborative interaction with ORNL.

Important note: The applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. Applicants must work with the appropriate dean, department chair or center director to obtain a commitment to these matching funds.

Eligibility Criteria:

Awards are restricted to full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure-track appointment by the nomination date (Jan. 7, 2019). ORAU will recognize circumstances that resulted in a “tenure clock delay.” Faculty research projects must be in one of the following disciplines:

  • Engineering and applied science
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics/computer sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Policy, management or education

All applicants should verify their eligibility in advance through the foundation FAQs. A list of award recipients from 2018 can be found here.

Internal application process:

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s potential nominee must submit the below items (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. Please adhere to the ORAU application instructions as much as possible.

  1. Brief research plan including summary budget (two-page max, including budget);
  2. Statement of support from dean, department chair or center director, including a school, department or center commitment to the REQUIRED $5,000 in matching funds;
  3. NIH Biosketch or brief CV (five-page max).

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to

Author: Admin