Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

Solicitation:                            NSF 16-503

For the FY2017 application process:

Letter of intent due to Office of Research Development  - please email 

Required agency LOI due December 9, 2016;

Full proposal Due February 7, 2017.

Institutional Limit: 4 - please note the open tracks for this submission process

For the 2017 application process:

  • Limit Summary: 2 for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track

IGE Track FY2017 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.  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.


Traineeship Track - Currently an open slot is not available.

Trainseeship Track FY2017 Priority Areas: (1) UtB, (2) INFEWS, and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority.

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, or more than one for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track. The finalists will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their letter of intent to the NSF by the deadline of December 9, 2016 and a full proposal to the NSF Research Traineeship program by the NSF deadline of February 22, 2016.

Guidance for preparation of 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; for Innovations of Graduate Education Track proposals, the title should begin with “NRT-IGE:”;
  • 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; for IGE Track proposals, provide a brief description of the graduate education models, approaches, or activities to be piloted and tested, including a brief description of the disciplinary or interdisciplinary needs and/or challenges addressed.
  • Keywords: For Traineeship Track proposals, include 4-5 keywords that specify the disciplines and/or themes targeted; for IGE Track proposals, include 4-5 keywords that describe the model, approach, and/or activity to be piloted and tested.

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 2017  as an MSWord or PDF document to  with "Research Traineeship (NRT) Program" in the email title. Thank you.

Date Open: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
National Science Foundation