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) Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering program involves 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 ongoing 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.

The minimum number of weeks teachers and community college faculty must be involved in an RET site program during the summer is six. A substantive plan for follow-up with the teachers and community college faculty during the academic year must be provided in the RET site proposal. RET site proposals must be submitted by principal investigators holding a faculty appointment in Colleges/Departments of Engineering or Engineering. Participating teachers and community college faculty must have background in engineering, science, or mathematics.

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, July 30, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a brief description of the objectives and intellectual focus of the proposed RET site, 2) targeted teacher or community college partners and recruitment plans, 3) anticipated research training activities, 4) evaluation plans, and 5) the names of three MU personnel who could serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Up to $500,000 for a duration of up to three years

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, July 30 , 2010

External Proposal Deadlines

November 15, 2010


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