Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking applications for the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering program. This program was initiated in FY 2001 to involve middle and high school teachers in engineering research in order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation to the pre-college classroom. This is achieved by building partnerships between teachers and engineering researchers in engineering research laboratories through site awards and supplements to on-going research and education projects funded by ENG. Through these partnerships, the RET Program aims to:

  • build long-term collaborative relationships between both in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers, community college faculty, and the engineering research community;
  • support the active participation of these teachers and future teachers and community college faculty in research and education projects funded by NSF ENG;
  • facilitate professional development of K-12 teachers and community college faculty through strengthened partnerships between institutions of higher education and local school districts; and
  • encourage researchers to build mutually rewarding partnerships with teachers and community college faculty.

Because MU is limited to two proposals for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2009. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a brief description of the objectives of the proposed RET site, 2) targeted teacher or community college faculty participants, 3) the intellectual focus, 4) a brief description of the research training, 5) recruitment efforts, and 6) evaluation plans.


The anticipated maximum funding amount per site is $500,000 for a duration of up to three years

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2009

Sponsor Deadlines:

November 16, 2009


URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at