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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

PI Eligibility
Eligibility is limited to full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment.

Institutional Eligibility
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

Number of Submissions: 2
Each ORAU member councilor may submit up to two applications each year.

The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines:

  • Engineering and Applied Science 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Mathematics/Computer Sciences 
  • Physical Sciences 
  • Policy, Management, or Education

These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

Applicants are encouraged to develop research collaborations with government, private-sector, and other academic researchers. Such alliances enrich and extend not only the reach of your efforts, but the nation's research enterprise, overall.

Because of the close working relationship between ORAU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Award Committee particularly encourages collaborative interaction with ORNL. Thus, substantive interdisciplinary research and inter-institutional research partnerships will be considered as very positive factors in the review process, and will increase chances for success.
ORAU is committed to the promotion of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

November 9, 2011:
  Deadline for an email of intent, including the names of the PI, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

November 14, 2011: Deadline to submit an internal proposal. 
All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

November 18, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

January 13, 2012:  Deadline for the full proposal.

Internal Selection Procedures
Texas A&M University has established a process to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select applications for Texas A&M submissions.