Opportunity Detail (closed)

Basic Information
Sponsor Name: NSF
Program Name: 2018 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Acronym: 2018 NSF NRT
Number: NSF 18-507
Program URL: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505015
Limit: 2
Limit Details:

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. Proposals that exceed the institutional eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the institution’s role (lead organization, non-lead collaborative, or subawardee) in the returned proposal.

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.


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 FY2018, 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).  HDR is expected to continue as a priority research area for FY2019 and FY2020 competitions, along with a new priority area to be announced in 2018.

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsfincludes/index.jsp). Collaborations are encouraged between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.

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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 06, 2017
Full Proposal Due to Sponsor: Feb 06, 2018