About ORISE

The Research Participation Programs at the National Institute of Health (NIH) are managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) under an agreement between the NIH and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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Established as an official DOE institute in 1992, with programs dating back to 1946, ORISE is a national leader in science education and research. ORISE is managed by ORAU for DOE.

Through the management of ORISE, ORAU directly supports DOE’s national agenda. We strive to advance science education and research programs, with a vision to be a national leader in these areas. We create opportunities for collaboration through partnerships with other DOE facilities, other federal agencies, the academic community, and industry.


Learn more about ORISE’s work in these mission areas by visiting the ORISE website.

Learn more about ORISE in the current ORAU Annual Report

The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the National Institute of Health are educational and training programs designed to provide students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific NIH research, current public health research and developmental activities. NIH ORISE participants do not perform work in place of federal employees; nor are they considered to be NIH employees. The NIH ORISE programs are considered a valuable human capital and workforce development tool, which provide educational experiences and training in public health as a means to introduce highly motivated participants to potential public health careers.


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Click below to watch a 2:00 minute video about the Science Education Programs at ORISE.