2021 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program – REVISED

Note – an earlier version of the LSO was published in September 2020 with a deadline of October 15, 2020, However, in December 2020, NSF released a revised solicitation. The information below reflects those changes and the competition have been reopened.

The Syracuse University Office of Research is pleased to announce the launch of the Limited Submission call for letters of intent for the 2021 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program. 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. Additionally, this year the NSF have divided the competition into 2 tracks; Syracuse University is only eligible for Track 1.

Click here to view the full competition information.

NSF Program Announcementhttps://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21536/nsf21536.htm
Number of Possible Internal Nominees: 2
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: January 6, 2021, 5:00 PM
NSF Deadline: February 25, 2021

Synopsis of the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (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 a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested that address any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, as noted above.

The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. The program encourages proposals that involve 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. NRT especially welcomes proposals that include partnership with NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) and leverage INCLUDES project efforts to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/includes.jsp). Collaborations between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects should strengthen both NRT and INCLUDES projects.

For FY2021, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) have been added to the national priority areas in which the NRT Program encourages proposals. We seek proposals on any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on AI and QISE and the six research areas within 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).

Eligibility and Funding

An individual may serve as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on only one (1) 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. 14-16 awards will be made.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a 1-page project summary and a biographical sketch for the lead PI (NSF format). If this proposal has been previously submitted, a document must be included with the agency name, submission date, and the reviews your proposal received.

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, using the procedure and format described in this section. 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 and the proposals will be ranked in several categories, including:

  • What is the potential for the proposed activity to
    • Advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit); and
    • Benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)?
  • To what extent do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?
  • How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities?

The PIs of projects selected to move forward with full proposals will be notified by email in mid-January. Per the sponsor restrictions, no more than two submissions will be selected.

PI Responsibilities

If a proposal is selected and the PI or team decides to forgo an application, they must notify the Office of Research within five days of the selection notice. This allows another proposal to be selected and move forward. If the PI fails to submit a proposal and has not notified the Office of Research, the PI runs the risk of being disqualified from future LSO competitions.

PI Eligibility

For any sponsored research projects, the applicant must be eligible to serve as Principal Investigator for the project, unless otherwise noted in the LSO. Please see our PI Eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu