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Limited Submission: ORAU Events Sponsorship Program

Provides funding to support events that involves participants from more than one ORAU member institution, including students.


Event or conference sponsorship is often beneficial to Council of Sponsoring Institution Members, whether as a means of fostering collaboration among Council members, gaining new and important information for a proposal or business plan, and more. To help make these event opportunities possible, ORAU’s University Partnerships Office offers an Events Sponsorship program to member institutions. Each member university is limited to one award per fiscal year (October through September).

Up to $4,000 may be requested to support an event that involves participants from more than one ORAU member institution, including students. Examples of such events include visits to an ORAU consortium member by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

Please note that funding must be awarded prior to the event, and there are two Calls for Proposals. The application schedule is based on ORAU’s fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30). Eligible events for the March 1, 2021 deadline must take place between May 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021.

Final applications must be endorsed by an institution’s ORAU councilor. UGA’s councilor is Dr. David Lee.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount



Any ORAU member institution in good standing may submit an event grant application through their ORAU Councilor. Only applications endorsed by an institution’s ORAU Councilor will be considered. An institution is considered in good standing when membership fees are up-to-date and required reports for existing award programs are current.

Calls for proposals will be issued twice during ORAU’s fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) and each institution is eligible for one event grant per fiscal year. Funding must be awarded prior to the event—retroactive funds requests will not be considered. All events must be completed by September 30 of each year.

Selection Criteria

  • Participation by more than one ORAU institution is required. One ORAU member university will submit the proposal and manage the grant funds.
  • Potential impact of the event, including the number of institutions or participants will be a big factor in our decision.
  • Participation by students is considered a positive factor.
  • New events are preferred over ongoing or annual events with established financial models.
  • Preference will be given to events in STEM disciplines.
  • A representative from ORAU must be invited to the event and will attend, if possible.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • An event summary including:
    • Applicant name and contact information
    • Event details, including:
      • event title
      • event director
      • event director’s email
      • anticipated number of participants
      • total funding requested
    • Date of event (must be between May 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021)
    • Event Location
    • A list of other participating ORAU member institutions
    • History of event (up to 2000 characters)
    • Purpose and Scope of Event (up to 2000 characters)
    • Anticipated outcomes (up to 2000 characters)
    • Budget summary (Itemized budget is not required, but a summary of funding and its sources must be provided. ORAU Funds cannot be applied to indirect Costs)
  • One paragraph (separate from the event summary) describing why your application should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why you think it will be the most competitive for ORAU’s sponsorship)

Please emphasize the following criteria when preparing your internal application:

  • How your collaboration(s) (specifically with ORAU member institutions) will be new or enhanced by this event
  • Who specifically the event engages (such as students, fellow researchers, etc)
  • How the event will foster a long-term collaboration.
  • Specific anticipated outcomes (such as a proposal, a white paper, or a publication as a result of data collected during the event).

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


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