Limited Submission Opportunity: 2018 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Vanderbilt is anticipating the opportunity to nominate up to two junior faculty 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 (we anticipate this range to be Jan. 8, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2018). 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 website. A list of award recipients from 2017 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. Oct. 18, 2017. 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 (two-page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
  1. Brief 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;
  1. Brief CV or NIH Biosketch

All proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that chooses the final nominees. The chosen nominees will submit full proposals to the foundation in January 2018 (anticipated deadline of Monday, Jan. 8). Nominations must be submitted by Sharon Weiss, Vanderbilt’s ORAU councilor.

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