Synopsis. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.
The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2018, proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on two high priority areas: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) and (2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS).
Please see NSF 18-507 https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18507/nsf18507.htm for the full program solicitation. Current FAQs for the program are posted.
Limit on Proposals. RIT may participate in two proposals. This includes participation as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal. An individual may serve as a PI or co-PI on only one proposal per competition.
Internal Applications. Interested applicants are invited to submit a 1-2 page concept paper with a brief summary of the vision and goals of the proposed training program, including a brief description of the interdisciplinary research theme, the main training elements, the integration of the research and training, and the need for the program. Describe RIT’s proposed role (lead, non-lead, subaward) and the roles of any partner institutions. Indicate the status of partner commitments.
Deadlines. Internal applications are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on November 17, 2017.
Submission of Letters of Intent (LOI) to NSF is required. The submission window runs from November 27 through December 6, 2017. Full proposals are due February 6, 2018.