NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

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The National Science Foundation announced the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program. Only two applications per institution are allowed — this includes participation as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send your NIH or NSF style biosketch and a 1 page outline of your proposal to Jennifer Kluge at jck67@georgetown.edu (new window) no later than Tuesday, November 14. If selected to proceed, letters of intent may be submitted between November 27 and December 6, 2017. Full proposals are due to NSF by February 6, 2018.

Synopsis of Program

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). HDR is expected to continue as a priority research area for FY2019 and FY2020 competitions, along with a new priority area to be announced in 2018.

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES (new window) to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. Collaborations are encouraged between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.For more information, visit the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program website (new window).