Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers competitive research participation programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORISE is the only DOE entity with a core mission of preparing the future federal workforce in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through the effective administration of STEM workforce development programs. ORISE strengthens our nation's STEM workforce by administering internships and fellowship programs; recruiting talented scientists and engineers to conduct research with sponsoring agencies; assessing current science and technology labor trends; and measuring program performance

ORISE STEM workforce development capabilities

ORISE administers more than 160 STEM workforce development programs for DOE and other government agencies. Specifically, ORISE:

  • Provides strategy, design and administration of internship, fellowship and other research-based STEM programs that cultivate top talent for the future workforce for DOE and other federal agencies.
  • Develops recruitment strategies that attract highly qualified participants to research opportunities available at national laboratories and research facilities.
  • Offers assessment and evaluation services that support DOE and other government agencies by verifying and improving program outcomes. From survey development and administration to data analysis and reporting, ORISE designs a variety of instruments that enable program sponsors to make decisions, implement best practices, and educate stakeholders about the program's value.
  • Conducts workforce studies that connect STEM workforce trends to the economic impact of research participation programs, tracks new developments or changes in higher education policy, and analyzes critical shifts in the STEM workforce.

Educational Nature of the Research Participation Program

Research Participation Programs provide opportunities for postgraduates (master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degree recipients); students; university faculty; and established scientists to conduct research, participate in the Sponsor’s initiatives, or receive financial support for Sponsor-based academic activities. As a result, participants will:

  • Contribute to the sponsor’s scientific mission
  • Gain hands-on experience on real world problems
  • Enhance their preparedness for scientific, technological and policy related-careers
  • Become part of a skilled workforce for the future that will benefit both the sponsor and the overall global competitiveness of the nation.

The Participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with the sponsoring agency, DOE, ORISE or any other organization. 

Information for potential sponsors

Research participation projects provide ORISE participants with an opportunity to receive hands-on experience that complements their educational and professional background, and helps the participant gain knowledge in areas related to the mission of the sponsoring agency. Click the link above to learn how to establish a research participation program as a DOE strategic partner.

Information for existing sponsors

We commend you for your part in workforce development by contributing to the education and training of the next generation, as well as advancing the mission of your agency and DOE. Click the link above to learn more about ORISE capabilities.