Internal Competition Completed


Principal Investigators Selected
  • Mark Rosenblatt, Ophthalmology (Training Track)
  • Angus Forbes, Computer Science (Training Track)

Program Summary

Program Summary

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.

Note:  Any faculty who decide to apply for this and who wish to add undergraduate training as a facet of the proposed graduate training program are encouraged to contact the UIC Office of Undergraduate Research at Our@uic.edu.

 

Application Limits

Application Limits

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2 for the Traineeship Track, 2 for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track

An eligible organization may participate in two Traineeship Track proposals and two Innovations in Graduate Education Track proposals per competition.

Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal.

Please note in the Lay Summary section of your internal LOI what type of participation your proposal will represent (e.g. lead, non-lead, etc).  Preference will be given to proposals on which UIC is the lead institution.

Additional Information

Deadlines

UIC Letter of Intent
November 6, 2015
UIC Internal Competition
TBD
Sponsor Letter of Intent
December 9, 2015
Sponsor Application
February 9, 2016

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

Please note in the Lay Summary section of your internal LOI what type of participation your proposal will represent (e.g. lead, non-lead, etc).  Preference will be given to proposals on which UIC is the lead institution.

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.

 

Please contact Tony Halford at RDS@uic.edu or 6-7036 with any questions.

 

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.