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NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT)

Internal Due Date: Past Due - Coordinated by OSP

Foundation Due Date: 05-20-2014 (LOI, optional); June 24, 2014 (full proposal)

Number of Applications: 2


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.

NRT Awards are expected to be up to five years in duration with a budget of up to $3,000,000. The budget request must be consistent with the scope of the proposed NRT project, including program development and number of supported trainees.


Submission Limitations: Emory University may submit only 2 proposals for this program. If an institution submits only one proposal, it can be in either Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE) or another theme. If an institution submits two proposals, at least one must be in DESE. In any case, the traineeship theme(s) should be interdisciplinary.

Holly Sommers

Director, Pre-award Grants Administration