ORAU Faculty Travel Grants Program

Funding Agency:
Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Faculty members from an ORAU Sponsoring or Associate Institution or Branch Campus can request up to $800 to facilitate travel by a faculty member.

Criteria for decisions to award travel grants include:

  • Potential engagement of others, especially students 
  • Probability of a long-term collaboration
  • New collaboration (proposed partners have no strong current ties)
  • Well-defined outcome(s), such as a proposal to an identified opportunity, a white paper in anticipation of future funding, or a publication as a result of data collected during the visit.

Proposals accepted anytime. Each member university may submit up to two requests per fiscal year.


Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applications must be for travel to collaborate with researchers at ORNL, Y-12, ORAU laboratories or work sites, or another ORAU institution. This program is not intended to support travel to work with current collaborations or to interact with potential collaborators at locations other than their laboratories, such as conferences. Please note that:

  • Requests must comply with federal travel expenditure guidelines.
  • Applications must be submitted BEFORE the travel takes place (no grants will be awarded after the fact).
  • Each ORAU Institution is limited to two awards within ORAU’s fiscal year (October 1 - September 30).

Funding Restrictions

  • ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award from ORAU.
  • Grants may only be used to cover either transportation expenses (train, plane, bus or other) or accommodation expenses.
  • Other travel-related expenses, such as food, will not be reimbursed.
  • Travel must be completed by September 30 (the end of ORAU’s fiscal year.)


Within 30 days of the trip, grant recipients will need to send a one-page summary of the outcomes of the trip, including any presentations made, visits with students, other benefits, and anticipated outcomes.



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

Internal Nomination

Please complete the form at the link below and send it to amm39@duke.edu