Opportunity Detail

Basic Information
Sponsor Name: NSF
Program Name: 2018 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship-Innovations in Graduate Education
Acronym: 2018 NSF NRT IGE
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 Innovations in Graduate Education 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. Innovation(s) in graduate education
  2. Broader impacts
  3. 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 IGE Track focuses on test-bed projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. While the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to develop comprehensive programs to effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

Total Cost Notes:
Related Dates
VPR Announcement: May 25, 2017
Internal Due Date: Aug 16, 2017
Committee Review Date/Time: Aug 23, 2017
Announcement of Selection(s): Sep 01, 2017
Tentative LOI Due to Sponsor: Dec 09, 2017
Tentative Full Proposal Due to Sponsor: Feb 09, 2018