University of Southern California


NSF-17-575: Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites

Slots:                                                     Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. No more than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.

Internal Deadline:                          Contact the Office of Research if interested.

External Deadline:                          October 10, 2017, 5pm PDT

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 9

Anticipated Amount: $5,800,000

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

 Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:   

The principal investigator of a RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site proposal must have a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment within a College/Department of Engineering or Engineering Technology or a College/Department of Computer and/or Information Science broadly defined [including e.g., Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Software Engineering, Networking Science, Informatics] within the submitting U.S. academic institution. The PI must be a full-time Engineering and/or Computer Science faculty member whose primary job responsibilities are research and teaching and not a faculty member who is involved in an administrative capacity such as a dean or outreach coordinator.


The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program offers a framework by which these educators may engage in meaningful university research experiences in partnership with faculty, students, and industry mentors, and then adapt this new knowledge into their teaching practices. Support for these educators to engage in engineering and computer science research projects is through (1) Site awards and (2) Supplements to on-going research and education projects funded by ENG and CISE. Through these partnerships, the RET in Engineering and Computer Science Program aims to:

RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site Project. A RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site project is an independent proposal, submitted under this solicitation at an annual deadline date, to provide groups of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty with discovery and technology-based research experiences in engineering and/or computer science laboratories and facilities, which will then be incorporated into their classroom activities during the school year. A RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site project may be conducted during the summer, academic year, or both, and each must have a well-defined research focus, with clearly articulated projects and activities for 10 or more teachers and/or community college faculty per year.

RET in Engineering and Computer Science Supplement. A request for funding of a RET in Engineering and Computer Science Supplement should be made under an existing ENG or CISE award or within a proposal for a new or renewed ENG or CISE award. The description of the RET activity must clearly articulate in some detail the form and nature of the prospective K-12 STEM teacher and/or full -time community college faculty member’s involvement in the PI’s ongoing or proposed research. See Section V.A. (5), “Project Description,” below for detailed information. For example, the teacher or community college faculty member may participate in the design of new experiments, modeling and analysis of experimental data, algorithm and software development, and other activities that will result in intellectual contributions to the project. It is expected that the RET in Engineering and Computer Science Supplement experience will also lead to the transfer of new knowledge to classroom activities. Therefore, the RET Supplement description must also indicate what type of sustained follow-up will be provided during the academic year to help in translating the teacher’s research experience and new understanding of engineering and/or computer science concepts into classroom practice.

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