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National Science Foundation - Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The Office of Research is soliciting internal letters of intent from investigators or teams of investigators wishing to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation, Research Traineeship (NRT) Program. As an institution we may submit only two applications total for this competition.

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is a new NSF graduate education initiative. 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.

The NSF 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 research and research-related careers within and outside academe.

A full description of the 2014 NSF NRT program may be found on the NSF website.

Faculty members or teams of investigators interested in submitting an NRT proposal to NSF must first submit an internal mandatory letter of intent. Letters of intent should be no more than one page and identify the project scope, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations. As an institution we may submit only two proposals for consideration.

Internal letters of intent must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 as a word or pdf document to, with NSF SNM and the last name of the lead PI(s) in the subject line.

If the Office of Research receives more than two letters of intent, we will run an internal competition for pre-proposals with the two selected proposals being identified prior to the solicitation’s letter of intent deadline on May 20, 2014. Anyone who does not submit a letter of intent will not be permitted to participate in the pre-proposal competition nor submit a letter of intent or full proposal to NSF by the May 20, 2014 and June 24, 2014 deadlines respectively.