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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

Limited Submission Announcement

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National Science Foundation

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NRT Awards (14-15 anticipated each year) are expected to be up to five (5) years in duration with a total budget up to $3,000,000

Campus Deadline:


External Deadline(s):

Letter of Intent (required for lead institution):
December 6, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. CT
Full Proposal:
Feburary 6, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. CT"


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.

The NRT Program is dedicated to supporting highly effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas through the use of comprehensive traineeship models that are innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.

Goals of the program are to: Catalyze and advance cutting-edge interdisciplinary or convergent research in high priority areas, Increase the capacity of U.S. graduate programs to produce diverse cohorts of interdisciplinary STEM professionals with technical and transferable professional skills for a range of research and research-related careers within and outside academia, and Develop innovative approaches and knowledge that will promote transformative improvements in graduate education. Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals should describe mechanisms to institutionalize effective training elements after award expiration.

The NRT Program requests proposals in any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, while highlighting specific priority research areas that change periodically. For FY2019 and FY2020, the high priority research areas are the six research areas in NSF's 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL). An interdisciplinary or convergent research theme in an area other than the six research areas in NSF's 10 Big Ideas should align with NSF or other national STEM research priority areas and have high potential for development of novel, innovative practices in graduate education.


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