Synopsis. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program initially has one priority research theme - Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); in addition, proposals are encouraged on any other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme. In either case, proposals should identify the alignment of project research themes with national research priorities and the need for innovative approaches to train graduate students in those areas. NRT projects should develop evidence-based, sustainable approaches and practices that substantially improve STEM graduate education for NRT trainees and for STEM graduate students broadly at an institution. NRT emphasizes the development of competencies for both research and research-related careers. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, museums, and academic partners that enhance research quality and impacts and that facilitate development of technical and transferrable professional skills are encouraged. Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals accordingly are expected to describe how institutions will support the continuation and institutional-level scaling of effective training elements after award closure.
Please see NSF 14-548 for the full program solicitation.
Internal Applications. The NRT program has an institutional limit of 2 proposals. If you are interested in applying, please submit a two page concept paper addressing the proposal elements in section V of the program solicitation by April 30, 2014.
Letters of intent are due to NSF by May 20, 2014. The full proposal is due June 24, 2014.
Information session. An information session is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:30 in 78-2120. Please rsvp with Becky Sumner at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.