2020 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The Syracuse University Office of Research pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program competition. Click here to view the full competition information.

NSF Program Announcement: Link to external program announcement
Number of Possible Awardees: 2
Internal Submission Due Date: Monday, October 7, 2019, 5:00 PM
Selection Notifications: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Sponsor Letter of Intent Due Date (Required): November 25 – December 6 , 2019
NSF Full Proposal Deadline: February 6, 2020

A Limited Submission is a funding opportunity for which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. In order to participate, Syracuse University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal(s). This requires an internal competition.

For this NSF program, Syracuse University may participate in two proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal.

I. Synopsis of the NSF NRT Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on the research areas in NSF’s 10 Big Ideas.

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsfincludes/index.jsp). Collaborations are encouraged between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.

An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the NRT program per annual competition.

NRT Awards are expected to be up to five (5) years in duration with a total budget up to $3,000,000.

II. Limited Submission Selection Process

Syracuse University may participate in two proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal.

Each team interested in submitting an proposal must submit a limited submission proposal by the stated deadline. If the number of proposals submitted exceeds the number that the University can submit to the sponsor, peer review will be triggered. Under the peer review process, limited submission applications will be evaluated by members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet or their designees. This group will rank the proposals in several categories, including:

    • The likelihood of receiving funding based on NSF merit review criteria;
    • The potential for high impact, interdisciplinary or convergent research;
    • The successful integration of research and training in the project plan; and
    • The qualify of the training and the potential impact on Syracuse University students.

Others’ expertise may be sought to assess the merit of the request and/or impact on Syracuse University.

The PIs of projects selected to move forward with full proposals will be notified by email on or before Tuesday, October 22. Per the sponsor restrictions, no more than two submissions will be selected.

At the discretion of the Office of Research, internal proposals submitted past the internal deadline will be considered for a full submission to the sponsor, on a case-by-case basis, if the addition of a proposal would not exceed our institutional limit.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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