UHM internal competition guidelines for the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program (NSF 18-507) limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Program Synopsis

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 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).

Collaborations are encouraged between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2

An eligible organization may participate in two proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the NRT program per annual competition.

UHM Internal Competition Guidelines

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_NRT_pdf

1. Cover page. Include the following:

  1. Proposal title: The title should begin with either; NRT-HDR: “title” for projects targeting Harnessing the Data Revolution; NRT-INFEWS: “title” for projects targeting the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems; or NRT: “title” for projects addressing other interdisciplinary research theme(s)
  2. PI name, position title, department, address, phone, email address
  3. Lead institution and any other participating institution(s)
  4. Names of other co-PIs and/or key personnel, position title, department

2. Program Summary (Total 2 pages)

Provide a summary description addressing the specific information detailed in the full solicitation (see url above) including;

  1. Detailing the research area and theme;
  2. Vision and Goals, including the need for the program;
  3. Brief description of the Education and Training plan;
  4. Major Research Efforts;
  5. Broader impacts of the proposed program;
  6. Brief description of the organization and evaluation plan.

3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and any Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Monday November 13th, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

NSF’s application due dates are as follows:
Mandatory LOI is due November 27, 2017 through December 6th, 2017
Full Proposal is due February 6th, 2018

Please note the following revision from the previous NRT solicitation:
There is a new requirement to address institutional partnerships in the letter of intent. The letter of intent requires prescribed language that all partner institutions have been informed by the lead institution that their involvement may impact their institutional eligibility limits or that no partner institutions, aside from an evaluator, will be involved in the project.