NSF-21-536: National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)
Slots: An eligible organization may participate in two proposals per competition. USC has one remaining slot open for this 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. Proposals that exceed the organizational eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the organization’s role (lead organization, non-lead collaborative, or subawardee) in the returned proposal. Only US IHEs are eligible to submit as a lead or non-lead organization.
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: February 25, 2021
Recurring Deadlines: September 6, 2021; September 6, annually thereafter
Award Information: Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 18 to 20
Anticipated Amount: $55,000,000.
NRT Track 1 Awards (14-16 awards each year) are expected to be up to five (5) years in duration with a total budget up to $3,000,000.
NRT Track 2 Awards (4-6 awards each year) are expected to be up to five (5) years in duration with a total budget up to $2,000,000.
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://research.usc.edu/usc-grants/.
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Link to Award: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21536/nsf21536.htm
Who May Serve as PI: The PI must be on the faculty of the submitting institution.
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.
NRT projects demonstrate comprehensive approaches to graduate training and should include the following key features that are central to the NRT Program:
- Development of innovative and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education, informed by evidence;
- Extension of NRT program elements to non-NRT-funded trainees and to non-trainees to benefit a larger population of STEM graduate students across an institution;
- Dissemination of outcomes and gained insights from NRT training approaches;
- Facilitation and advancement of novel, potentially transformative interdisciplinary or convergent research in areas of high priority to the nation;
- Comprehensive training of STEM graduate students, including the development of technical and professional skills for both research and research-related careers within and outside academia;
- Incorporation of evidence-based strategies to broaden participation of students from diverse backgrounds; and
- Implementation of robust formative assessment that is central to the traineeship and routinely informs and improves practice.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.