NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Solicitation: NSF 18-507

Internal Deadline: 
Mon, May 21 2018 - 5:00 pm
Funding Agency Deadline: 
Wed, February 06 2019
Program Description: 

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 FY 2018, 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).

Program Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18507/nsf18507.htm

Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18019/nsf18019.jsp

NSF Deadline:

Required LOI: November 27 – December 6

A letter of intent is required and must be submitted by an Authorized Organizational Representative during the submission window for subsequent full proposal submission and review.

There is a new requirement to address institutional partnerships in the letter of intent. The letter of intent requires prescribed language that all partner institutions have been informed by the lead institution that their involvement may impact their institutional eligibility limits or that no partner institutions, aside from an evaluator, will be involved in the project.

Full Proposal: February 6, 2018

Eligibility Criteria: 

Who May Serve as PI: The PI of a Traineeship Track proposal must be on the faculty of the submitting institution.

Number of Nominees Allowed: 

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2

An eligible organization may participate in two proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance: 


Posting Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2018