To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological, Physical & Social Sciences
Associate Deans for Research
School/College Research Administrators
From: Dave Schuster, Graduate School
Date: March 31, 2014
Subject: NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) FY 2014
Nominations are due at the Graduate School on April 11, 2014
Deadline for internal competition is TBD
Synopsis of Program:
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is a new NSF graduate education initiative.
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
Estimated Number of Awards: 8 to 10
UW-Madison may submit up to two proposals, however, at least one must be a DESE theme proposal. In any case, the traineeship theme(s) should be interdisciplinary.
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions.
Internal Competition Application Instructions:
Notice of intent: Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with "NSF NRT" in the subject line by April 11, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:
PIs will be notified if an internal competition is necessary.
For the project selected, a complete proposal must be submitted using FastLane or Grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or Grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. Full proposals are due by June 24, 2014, 5 pm CDT.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email email@example.com