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The NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering program supports the active involvement of K-12 teachers and community college faculty in engineering research in order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers in engineering research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge of engineering into classroom activities. Partnerships with inner city schools or other high-need schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers and/or community college faculty: RET supplements to ongoing ENG awards and new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included in proposals for new or renewed NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) grants or as supplements to ongoing NSF ENG funded projects. RET Sites are based on independent proposals from engineering departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for a number of K-12 teachers and/or community college faculty.

Because MU is limited to two applications for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, June 1, 2007. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary of plans for 1) the research experience to be provided for teachers, 2) sustained follow-up with the participating teachers, 3) project evaluation, and 4) workshop for teachers not participating in the project.


The anticipated maximum funding amount per site is $500,000 for a duration of up to three years subject to the availability of funds. RET supplements are limited to a maximum of $10,000 per teacher for a duration of one year subject to the availability of funds

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2007

Sponsor Deadlines:

July 6, 2007 and November 19, 2007

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in relevant disciplines. Please forward it to 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

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