Opportunity Detail (closed)

Basic Information
Sponsor Name: NSF
Program Name: 2018 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship-Traineeship Track
Acronym: 2018 NSF NRT Traineeship
Number: NSF 16-503
Program URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16503/nsf16503.pdf
Limit: 2
Limit Details:

An eligible organization may participate in two Traineeship Track proposals and two Innovations in Graduate Education Track proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a noncollaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation.

PIs planning to participate as a non-lead organization or subawardee MUST participate in this limited submission competition.

Standard Format:

PIs may submit a total of six (6) pages as follows: a one (1) page cover page listing a descriptive title for the proposal and all confirmed and tentative collaborators. The title must indicate that the proposal is for the Traineeship Track. The cover page should also list any priority research areas to be addressed. An additional five (5) pages are allotted for the narrative, including the following:

  1. Theme, vision, and goals
  2. Education and training
  3. Major research efforts
  4. Broader impacts
  5. Organization and management
  6. Recruitment, mentoring, and retention
  7. Performance assessment/evaluation

Citations and biosketches for key personnel may be included and do not count against the page limits.

PIs may be offered the opportunity to discuss their proposals with the review committee and/or to answer questions.


This limited submission call is released in anticipation of the annual NRT competition. It is possible that a new solicitation will be released with new due dates and/or different limits. The Division of Research will communicate changes if necessary as soon as information becomes available.

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, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2016, there are four priority areas: (1) Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE), (2) Understanding the Brain (UtB), (3) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS), and (4) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority. The priority research areas for the FY2017 competition will be (1) UtB, (2) INFEWS, and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority.

Total Cost Notes:
Related Dates
VPR Announcement: May 25, 2017
Internal Due Date: Sep 04, 2017
Committee Review Date/Time: Sep 12, 2017
Announcement of Selection(s): Oct 02, 2017
LOI Due to Sponsor: Dec 08, 2017
Full Proposal Due to Sponsor: Feb 07, 2018
Tentative LOI Due to Sponsor: Dec 08, 2017
Tentative Full Proposal Due to Sponsor: Feb 07, 2018