NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Information Session

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Five Partners Place, VPR Conference Room, Room 3201

Limited Submission Opportunity
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
When:             October 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Where:            Five Partners Place, VPR Conference Room, Room 3201
Who:               Any faculty interested in developing or being involved in developing a proposal for the NRT Program in the next few years.
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.
The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2016, there are four priority areas: (1) Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE), (2) Understanding the Brain (UtB), (3) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS), and (4) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority. The priority research areas for the FY2017 competition will be (1) UtB, (2) INFEWS, and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority.

The IGE Track focuses on test-bed projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. While the Traineeship Track promotes building on the current knowledge base to develop comprehensive programs to effectively train STEM graduate students, the IGE Track supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.
The NRT program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. For both tracks, 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.
Submission Information:
The University is only allowed to submit 2 proposals for the Traineeship Track and 2 proposals for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track.
The Limited Submission Competition consists of the following 3 elements:
1.     NRT Information Session
Each faculty team is to send a representative to the NRT Information Session on October 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm in the VPR Conference Room, 5PP, Room 3201. The meeting is mandatory in order to be considered eligible for the 2016 competition. The session will be most beneficial for teams looking to compete in 2017 and 2018.
2.     Notice-of-Intent (NOI)
If a faculty team plans to develop a proposal for this program, an online Notice-of-Intent (NOI) needs to be completed by a date to be determined.  The NOI, a minimal effort submission, allows CRPDE to determine if an internal competition is needed and to identify appropriate reviewers to review the applications. The NOI form can be accessed at: http://crpde.ou.edu/notice_of_intent. Please specify the program track.
3.     Internal Proposal
If the number of notices-of-intent exceeds the maximum allowed, PIs will be notified and required to submit an internal proposal to the Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment for review.
OU Internal Deadlines
Information Session: October 21, 2015
Notice-of-Intent: TBD (a date will be announced at the information session)
NSF Deadlines
FY 2016 Competition
NSF Letter of Intent Due: December 9, 2015
NSF Full Proposal Deadline: February 9, 2016
FY 2017 Competition
NSF Letter of Intent Due: December 9, 2016
NSF Full Proposal Deadline: February 7, 2017
Upon notification, the selected applicants will be directed to complete the Proposal Infosheet (http://ors.ou.edu/proposal/infosheet/infotype/InfoMain.asp) for internal routing.