Travel grants are available! ORAU Information: Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) User Meeting

August 4, 2015

 The deadline for application to attend the ORNL CNMS users meeting is soon (Aug 19).

Travel grants are available!   Please see information below.

Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) User Meeting

The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL is pleased to announce the CNMS User Meeting on September 1-2, 2015 with the theme of “Planning CNMS Science for its 2nd Decade.” This meeting will feature a set of forward-looking roundtable discussion sessions with the primary goal of collecting community input on future research directions and the consequent resource needs of current and future CNMS users.

The meeting will feature two keynote speakers, several roundtables, student poster competition, and user proposal planning. The deadline for registration is August 19, 2015. On-site registration will NOT be available. Please visit for more information and to register for the event.

For any questions, please contact Sandy Lowe at, 865-574-5466.



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ORNL-UVA Travel Grant Program

UVA’s VPR Office is pleased to announce travel grants for students, faculty, and

research staff visiting Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) to use ORNL’s world class user

facilities and/or to collaborate with ORNL scientists. The travel grants are intended to

facilitate short- and medium-term visits to the Lab, with the goal of establishing long-term

collaborations. A short description of these facilities is included below, along with

descriptions of ORNL’s Graduate Opportunities (GO!) Program and several funding

mechanisms that support student research at ORNL.

Travel grants will reimburse up to $5000 for travel, lodging at the ORNL Guest House

(, and per diem expenses.

Graduate students and research staff must apply through their faculty advisor.

To apply, faculty members should send an email to with:

• Name and title of the traveler

• Department

• Dates of travel

• Estimated travel costs

• Short (no more than 1 paragraph) description of the purpose of travel

• Copy of an email from one of the ORNL user facilities or an ORNL staff scientist

regarding your visit

Please be aware of UVA’s travel reimbursement policies when planning your travel and

estimating your travel expenses:

Grants will be considered and awarded on a rolling basis as long as funds are available.

If your travel grant is approved, you will receive instructions for reimbursement of your

travel expenses.


Neutron Sciences

Proposals for beam time at ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation

Neutron Source (SNS) are accepted twice a year, typically in the spring and fall.

Specific information about the call for proposals and about each of the instruments

available is included on the ORNL Neutron Sciences web site:

Before submitting a proposal for a specific instrument, please contact the appropriate

instrument scientist to make sure your research is feasible for that instrument. A list of

instruments can be found here: No sample

proposals are available on the website, but you can ask instrument scientists for sample


Nanophase Materials Sciences

Proposals for access to research capabilities at ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials

Sciences (CNMS) for user-initiated nanoscience research are accepted twice a year,

typically in the spring and fall. Specific information about the call for proposals and

CNMS capabilities can be found here:

Contact information for CNMS scientific staff, organized by research capability area, can

be found here: You should contact

the appropriate staff member regarding your proposal. You can see a sample proposal


Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility

The resources of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) are allocated via

projects. The type of project request (listed below) will determine the application and

review procedure. Approved projects will be granted a project allocation of core-hours for

a period of time on one or more OLCF systems.

INCITE – The Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program

invites proposals for large-scale, computationally intensive research projects to run at

the OLCF. The INCITE program awards sizeable allocations on some of the world’s

most powerful supercomputers to address grand challenges in science and engineering.

There is an annual call for INCITE proposals, typically in April with a June deadline. For

more information please visit or to submit a

proposal visit

ALCC – The ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) is open to scientists from

the research community in national laboratories, academia and industry. The ALCC

program allocates computational resources at the OLCF for special situations of interest

to the Department with an emphasis on high-risk, high-payoff simulations in areas

directly related to the Department’s energy mission in areas such as advancing the clean

energy agenda and understanding the Earth’s climate, for national emergencies, or for

broadening the community of researchers capable of using leadership computing

resources. Applications are typically due in early February. For more information or to

submit a proposal, please visit


DD – Director’s Discretion (DD) projects are dedicated to leadership computing

preparation, INCITE and ALCC scaling, and application performance to maximize

scientific application efficiency and productivity on leadership computing platforms. The

OLCF Resource Utilization Council, as well as independent referees, review and

approve all DD requests. Applications are accepted year round via


ORNL has recently established the GO! Program, which is designed to bring PhD

students from one of the “ORNL Core Universities” (which includes UVA) to the Lab for a

significant part of their graduate program. The intent is for the GO! Program student to

act as a “gluon” in a collaboration between the ORNL PI and the faculty advisor. The

student will be co-mentored by the faculty advisor and the ORNL scientist, and will

spend a significant portion of her/his time at ORNL after qualifying for the PhD. The

ORNL collaborator would provide funding to support the student during her/his time at

ORNL. Some ORNL funding mechanisms may require completion of course work and

qualifying exam. Please contact with any questions.


Some example funding mechanisms that can support UVA graduate students

conducting research in collaboration with ORNL are listed below. All of these

mechanisms require substantial interaction and collaboration with an ORNL scientist well

in advance of applying for funding. Please contact to learn

more about these funding mechanisms.

1. Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) Funds

ORNL PIs compete for internal R&D funds. A portion of an LDRD award can be used to

support grad students from UVA and other universities.


2. Department of Energy Programmatic Funds

ORNL PIs can use their programmatic funds for the DoE to support graduate students,

but the research must be directly aligned with the programmatic mission. Thus, this

funding mechanism is not as flexible as the LDRD mechanism.

3. ORNL Graduate Student Fellowships

Students from UVA and other universities can compete for partial or full year funding to

conduct research at ORNL.

4. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

Students from UVA and other universities can compete for partial or full year funding to

conduct research at ORNL and other DoE National Labs.