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UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF-Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites (NSF 17-575) limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3
Three Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution, including a College/Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer and/or Information Science as the lead institution. No more than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.

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

Program Synopsis

NSF’s Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. The research projects and experiences all revolve around a focused research area related to engineering and/or computer science that will provide a common cohort experience to the participating educators. The K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty also translate their research experiences and new scientific knowledge into their classroom activities and curricula. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and full-time community college faculty: (1) RET supplements to ongoing ENG and CISE awards and (2) new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included outside this solicitation in proposals for new or renewed ENG and CISE grants or as supplements to ongoing ENG- and CISE-funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites, through this solicitation, are based on independent proposals from engineering and/or computer and/or information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty.

UHM Internal Competition

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_NSF_RET_2017_pdf

    1. Cover page (Limit 1 page): Include the following information:
      1. Proposal title in the form: RET Site_
      2. PI name, position title, department, address, email address, phone number
      3. Name(s) and affiliation(s) of Co-I(s) and collaborator(s)
    2. Project narrative (Total Limit 4 pages):

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

    1. Project Summary, with a brief description addressing the following (One-page limit):
      1. the engineering and/or computer science disciplinary research focus of the research experiences and the nature of the research experiences that the K-12 STEM teachers and/or community college faculty will participate in;
      2. plans for developing curricular modules linked to the research experiences and for sharing the modules with K-12 and/or community college students and teachers;
      3. the activities that would result if the project is funded, including objectives of the activities and the RET Site project,
      4. teachers and/or community college faculty to be recruited and identification of school districts that will be involved;
      5. intended impact on participating teachers and/or community college faculty and their students, and
      6. plans for academic-year follow-up and outreach activities and dissemination.
    2. Project Description, including a brief summary of each of the following activities (3-page limit):
      1. Overview;
      2. Nature of Teacher and/or Community College Faculty Research Activities
      3. The Research Environment
      4. Development of Curricular Modules
      5. Participant Recruitment and Selection
      6. Projects involving teachers at different levels
      7. Academic Year Follow-up Plan
      8. Project Evaluation and Reporting
      9. Results from Prior Support (if applicable; essential for a RET Site renewal proposal)
      10. Dissemination
  1. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Monday, August 28th, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

NSF’s due dates

No Letter of Intent required. Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): October 10th, 2017

NOTE: If selected to submit, you must provide the following Supplementary Documentation with your full application:

Letters of Collaboration

Signed letters of collaboration documenting collaborative arrangements of significance to the proposal must be scanned and placed in this section. Letters of collaboration from participating school districts and community colleges are required. If these letters are not included, the proposal will be returned without review. The letters must come from someone in a leadership position in the school districts and/or community colleges involved, normally from someone in the main school district/community college administrative office rather than from individual teachers/community college faculty at the district schools/community colleges. Letters may be relevant where the awardee and performing organizations are different, where faculty or facilities of more than one institution are to be employed, or where international activities are arranged. Letters of endorsement from individual teachers/community college faculty are not permitted. Proposals without the required school district/community college level letter or letters will be Returned without Review.

Requests for RET Supplements have additional supplemental requirements, which can be found in the full solicitation (see url listed above)

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