Sponsor:  National Science Foundation (NSF)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: 15-542
Funding Amount: $300,000 - $3,000,000
Duration: 5 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: DESE Traineeship Track: Stephen Intille (CCIS/Health Sciences); NRT Traineeship Track: Jackie Isaacs (MIE); IGE Track: Sri Sridhar (Physics)


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 02/25/2015
Sponsor Deadline: 05/06/2015
Letter of Intent Deadline: 03/25/2015

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Only 3 proposals are allowed per institution.
NU may submit two (2) Traineeship Track proposals and one (1) Innovations in Graduate Education Track proposal. If an institution submits only one Traineeship Track proposal, it can be on either DESE (Data-Enabled Science and Engineering) or another theme. If an institution submits two Traineeship Track proposals, at least one must be a DESE proposal. In either case (DESE or non-DESE), the traineeship theme of a Traineeship Track proposal must be interdisciplinary. If interested, please contact Karen Drew (-4824) immediately and submit a White Paper according to the NU rules on limited submissions (see above) by NO LATER THAN 25 February 2015.

Funding Areas

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track 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, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. For this solicitation the Traineeship Track has one priority interdisciplinary research theme — Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); proposals are encouraged also on any non-DESE interdisciplinary research theme that is a national priority. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. Whereas the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to more effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports test-bed projects with high potential to enrich, improve, and extend the knowledge base with attention to transferability and innovation. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged.