ORAU Events Sponsorship Program Solicitation

Program Summary 

ORAU’s University Partnerships Office offers an Events Sponsorship Program to member institutions.

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.

This limited submission funding opportunity competition is for applications for events occurring between April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

Funding is provided exclusively from non-federal monies by ORAU.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST January 27, 2020

Sponsor Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum): Please include event title/location, history of event (if it is part of a series), purpose and scope of event, anticipated outcomes, and other participating ORAU member institutions.
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6448/home


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.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Each member university is limited to one award per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: Up to $4,000

ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award.

Review Criteria

Event grants will be considered for events that meet the following 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.