ORAU-Directed Research and Development Partnership Grants

Funding Agency:
Oak Ridge Associated Universities

On October 5th, the Research and University Partnerships Office issued the formal Call for Proposals (CFP) for the FY22 ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Program to ORAU subject matter experts. The FY22 ODRD Call for Proposals seeks high quality proposals in the following priority focus areas:

  • Public Health and Environment

    • Areas of Emphasis: Health Communication, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Worker Health, Ecology, and Climate Resiliency
  • Data Science and Analytics
    • Areas of Emphasis: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Analytics
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Studies
    • Areas of Emphasis: Climate and Environmental Justice, Minority Health Disparities, STEM Education, and Effective Career/Workforce Development and Mentoring

For FY22, projects should be achievable in six months or less, and between $10-75k is shared between ORAU and the university partners. Proposals may span one or more of the priority focus areas, and crosscutting proposals are encouraged. Proposals are due January 10th, and must be submitted by an ORAU subject matter expert. The period of performance for these projects will be March – September.

The ODRD Program will return to awarding large scale, one year projects in FY23. The FY22 change has been made to align ODRD projects with the ORAU fiscal year. The FY23 Call for Proposals will be issued in March 2022.

University faculty interested in collaborating on a research idea may submit a brief collaboration interest statement here: https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/fy22odrd.aspx. These statements are due no later than 11:59pm on October 15th. An ORAU researcher will review your submission, and if complementary interests align, will contact you to discuss potential collaboration. Submission of an interest statement does not guarantee collaboration or funding opportunities. 

FY22 ODRD proposals are due January 10, 2022.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

An ODRD research concept may be initiated by ORAU staff or a member university faculty or staff member. The proposed research concepts must align with at least one of ORAU's core capability areas and focus on improving service to an ORAU customer.

Proposed concepts shall consist of a research collaboration between ORAU and member universities through each phase of the program.

ODRD projects should have potential to progress through Phase 3. However, all phases do not have to occur in order. You can go directly from a Phase 1 to a Phase 3.



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 10, 2022