Oak Ridge National Labs Seed Grants for PhDs and Postdocs at Georgia Tech

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural GT-ORNL Seed Grant program for Georgia Tech PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest multi-program science and energy laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, located in east Tennessee, about a 3 hour drive from Georgia Tech. Based on its longstanding partnership with ORNL, Georgia Tech has the opportunity to offer seed grants to qualified PhD students and post-docs to further research collaborations with ORNL.

It is our hope that these grants will be a catalyst to stimulate research between the two organizations, via projects led by Georgia Tech PhD students and postdocs. Proposals will be evaluated and awarded on a rolling basis as long as funds are available, starting January 31, 2020. The research can occur at GT, ORNL, or at both locations. The funds will be administered through the applicant’s home school at Georgia Tech.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled PhD student or currently employed post-doctoral researcher at Georgia Tech
  • For PhD students, must be in good academic standing
  • Applicants must have endorsement of Georgia Tech advisor and current or future ORNL collaborator


  • Up to $4000 to be used for the purchase of small equipment items, materials, supplies, research services (e.g., access to instruments at GT or ORNL), and travel directly related to the research project. Funds must be expended within one calendar year of award date.

Questions? Contact Ashley Edwards, Academic Program Manager  ashley.edwards@cos.gatech.edu 

Apply here.

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