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How to Start a Program

The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the CDC are educational and training programs designed to provide students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific CDC research, current public health research, and developmental activities.

CDC ORISE participants do not perform work in place of federal employees; nor are they considered to be CDC employees. Instead, the participant has a guest appointment at the CDC-designated facility and is affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

CDC employees may access the CDC requirements and guidelines for hosting ORISE research participants (applicable to all organizations within CDC) on the CDC intranet.

Because ORAU manages the contract for ORISE for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), it is easy for a new customer to initiate a program through DOE’s Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) office. Simply contact Jeannette Bouchard, Section Manager, at the number or email address below to request a draft proposal.¬†After you have an opportunity to review and discuss any needed changes, ORISE will then request that DOE send you a formal proposal.

Funding for appointments is provided via interagency agreement with DOE. Funding must be approved by DOE and fully obligated before appointments can be offered.

To learn more about SPP at ORISE, contact Jeannette Bouchard at (865) 576-9241 or at