NSF Releases NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT) Solicitation - do 24. 6. 2014
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released the first solicitation for the NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT), a new graduate education initiative that replaces the longstanding Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT).
The objective of NRT is to innovate interdisciplinary, transformative models for STEM graduate education in order to prepare the scientists and engineers of the future. NRT is intended to build on IGERT but additionally includes “training for multiple career pathways, rotating priority research themes, inclusion of both master’s and doctoral students, a broader definition of trainees, and greater budgetary and programmatic flexibility”.
Unlike IGERT, the new NRT program has specific research themes that will rotate every two to three years, with the initial focus on Data Enabled-Science and Engineering (DESE). Proposals are also invited from other interdisciplinary themes as long as they connect to national research priorities and “have high potential for development of innovative practices in graduate education.”
Letters of Intent: Optional letters of intent are due May 20, 2014. While optional, NSF requests that letters of intent be submitted to help NSF gauge estimated proposals submissions and review requirements.
Due Date: Full proposals are due June 24, 2014. The solicitation only covers 2014, but future solicitations are expected.
Total Funding and Award Size: NRT awards are expected to be up to five years in duration with a maximum budget of $3,000,000. NSF anticipates awarding between eight to ten NRT grants with total program funding of $24,000,000 to $30,000,000.
Eligibility and Limitations: Unlike IGERT, the NRT program is open to graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs.
NRT stipends and cost-of-education allowances are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, international students can be trainees in a NRT program and participate fully in NRT training elements or activities.
Institutions can submit up to two proposals. If an institution supports only one proposal, it can be in either DESE or another theme. If an institution submits two proposals, at least one must be in DESE. Additionally, an individual may serve as the Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one NRT proposal, however, the PI or a Co-PI of a proposal may serve as a faculty participant on other NRT proposals submitted.
Sources and Additional Background:
- The complete NRT solicitation is available athttps://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505015
- More information on NSF plans for graduate training in FY 2014 and FY 2015 can be found in the FY 2015 budget request athttp://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2015/pdf/41_fy2015.pdf.
- Information on the former IGERT program can be found athttps://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12759.
vložila: Darina Koubínová