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Oak Ridge Associated Universities:
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program

Prize Amount: $5,000 plus tuition and subsidized health insurance

For: full-time assistant professors within two years of their tenure track appointment

Due: December 10, 2021 at 5PM

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program provides seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) member institutions such as The University of Utah. These competitive research awards provide seed money for junior faculty members that often result in additional funding from other sources. 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).

Awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. For more information, visit the ORAU’s University Partnerships website.

Powe Award FAQ

Questions may also be directed to the University of Utah’s ORAU councilor, David Kieda, Dean of the Graduate School.


Open to full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their tenure track appointment at the time of application. Only two nominations are allowed per institution.

Research projects must fall within one of these five disciplines:

  • Engineering and Applied Science
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Policy, Management, or Education (research project does not have to be focused on STEM fields)

Selection Process

Selected nominees will be notified by December 18, 2021 regarding their selection.

Last Updated: 8/31/21