NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

Solicitation:  NSF 18-507

  • Please note the final RFP document is not posted and the deadline dates and letter of intent requirements may change.
  • The solicitation for Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) is available at NSF 17-585; it is no longer a track under NRT.

For the FY2018 application process:

  • Letter of intent due to Office of Research Development  -  Monday, September 10, 2018 -  email Research.Development@oregonstate.edu 
  • Letter of Intent Window - Required - November 26, 2018 - December 6, 2018
  • Agency Full Proposal Deadline Date - Tuesday, February 6, 2019

Institutional Limit:  - 2

The program is dedicated to the 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).  HDR is expected to continue as a priority research area for FY2019 and FY2020 competitions, along with a new priority area to be announced in 2018.

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if two or more letters of intent to the RO are submitted for the Traineeship Track,

Guidance for preparation of the letter of intent to the Research Office (which is the same for NSF):

  • 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 the10 Core Participants;
  • The lead institution and any other participating institution(s);
  • Project title: For Traineeship Track proposals, the title should begin with “NRT-DESE:” for projects with a Data-Enabled Science and Engineering theme, or with “NRT:” for projects on a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary theme other than DESE.
  • Synopsis (200-word limit): For Traineeship Track proposals, 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;
  • Keywords: For Traineeship Track proposals, include 4-5 keywords that specify the disciplines and/or themes targeted;

Up to 4 pages of additional text and graphics may be submitted with the above LoI to provide information that would be helpful to reviewers.

Note: An individual may serve as Lead PI or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to NSF.  Please indicate if you plan to team (or have been approached to team) on another NRT proposal either at OSU or another institution. 

Submit electronically 2018  as an MSWord or PDF document to Research.Development@oregonstate.edu  with "Research Traineeship (NRT) Program" in the email title. Thank you. 


Monday, September 10, 2018
Date Open: 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
National Science Foundation
Agency Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Limit per Institution: 
Important Notes: 
Letters of Intent to NSF required.