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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Events Sponsorship Program

Vanderbilt may submit one application to the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Events Sponsorship Program. Applicants may request up to $4,000 to support events which involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Such events may include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Event must occur between April 1 and Sept. 30
  • Funding must be awarded prior to the event

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Potential impact of the event, including the number of institutions or participants
  • Student participation is considered a positive factor.
  • New events have preference over events that are on-going with an established financial model.
  • Preference will be given to events in STEM disciplines.

Internal Application Process:

Interested faculty should must submit the below items in a single file (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2020.  Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) event description including
    1. the date and location of the event
    2. other participating ORAU Member Institutions
    3. history of the event (if it is part of a series)
    4. purpose and scope of the event
    5. anticipated outcomes
    6. summary budget
  2. NIH Biosketch or brief CV (five pages max)
  3. Letter of support from department chair/center director;
    1. Letter must acknowledge that this grant does not allow indirect costs.** This statement can be used/modified: “The department recognizes that this grant does not allow indirect costs and will commit to covering any associated indirect costs per applicable institutional policy.”

**Process for cost-sharing typically coordinated at the departmental level and approved by department chair and/or dean. Please consult for further guidance.

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