This is a Limited Submission funding opportunity. Please follow the campus procedure outlined below
Title:  National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program - Limited Submission
Agency:  National Science Foundation
11/27/2017 - Campus PreProposal (required)
12/06/2017 - NSF Letter of Intent (required)
02/06/2018 - Full Proposal
Eligibility:  UCSB may participate in two proposals (including as lead, non-lead, or subawardee).
Campus Procedure:  

Campus Notice of Intent:

Investigators must submit a notice of intent to Kelly Pillsbury at by Monday , November 13th, at 5 p.m. You must submit a notice of intent if you are involved in any NRT proposal, including as non-lead or as a sub awardee. The notice should include:

  • PI Name
  • Names of Co-PIs or collaborators
  • Proposed title
  • Priority Research Area: 1) HDR; 2) INFEWS or 3) other


Please submit pre-proposals electronically as one PDF document to no later than 9 a.m. Monday, November 27th. Pre-proposals are based on the required NSF LOI and should include:

  • The name and departmental affiliation of the Principal Investigator (PI).
  • The name(s) and departmental affiliation(s) of the Co-PI(s) and others composing the Core Participants (maximum 10).
  • The names(s) of any other (non-lead) participating institutions or organizations. If the sole contribution of the partner is evaluation, then designate as “Evaluation: institutional or organizational name”; evaluators are exempt from institutional eligibility limits (see section IV). If there are partnering institutions, then the LOI MUST include the appropriate mandatory statement at the end of the project synopsis (see Project Synopsis below).;
  • Project Title: The title must begin with “NRT-HDR:” or “NRT-INFEWS:” for projects targeting the Harnessing the Data Revolution or Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems research areas, respectively. Titles for projects addressing another interdisciplinary theme of national importance must begin with “NRT:”. Any collaborative project with proposals from multiple institutions should begin with “Collaborative Research:”. For example, a collaborative proposal in INFEWS would have a title beginning “Collaborative Research: NRT-INFEWS:”;
  • Project Synopsis (up to 2500 text characters including required organizational statement): Provide a brief summary of the vision and goals of the proposed training program, including a brief description of the interdisciplinary research theme, the main training elements, the integration of the research and training, and the need for the program. Add the appropriate required partner organization statement at the end of the project synopsis. If the project has a partner institution that is not solely an evaluator, then the following text must appear at the end of the project synopsis: "The participating institutions and organizations have agreed to partner on this NRT project. The NRT-eligible institutions have been informed by the lead organization that serving as a non-lead organization or subawardee on a proposal where the institution appears in the budget will count toward their institutional eligibility limit of two NRT proposals per annual competition.” NRT-eligible institutions are universities and colleges accredited in and having a campus located in the U.S. that award a research-based master’s degree and/or a doctoral degree in a STEM discipline supported by the National Science Foundation. If the project has no NRT-eligible partner institutions or if the only NRT-eligible institution solely has an evaluation role (and has been designated as such, see participating institution instructions above), then the following text is required at the end of the project synopsis: "There are no NRT-eligible institutions partnering on this project outside of an evaluation role.";
  • Target Disciplines: List up to 5 primary disciplinary areas contributing to the research focus.;
  • If we receive more potential NRT submissions than we are authorized to submit, a campus review procedure will be developed. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Meredith Murr by phone at ext. 3925 or by e-mail at

Summary:  This 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 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 research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. For FY2018, proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on two high priority areas: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) and (2) Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS). 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 Awards (10-12 anticipated in FY2018) are expected to be up to five (5) years in duration with a total budget up to $3M.
Solicitation Number:  NSF 18-507
Agency Contact:  Laura B. Regassa, 703/292-2343,
Area(s):  Educ, Eng, MLPS, SS
Selected Team(s):