NSF has issued a new call for the Research Traineeship (NRT) Program where the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track is no longer associated with it and is instead offered as a separate solicitation.  The new call is essentially just the “traineeship track” from previous years, and a summary description reads as follows:

The NSF NRT program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The 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 the effective training of these 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). For more, please visit:

UCI may submit only 2 applications in response to this call, but past experience with the program suggests an internal review may not be necessary.  In order to verify this, we are asking interested applicants to reply with a “notification of intent to submit” by Monday Nov. 13, 2017.  The statement should be sent to and include the following:

  • Draft Proposal Title
  • Brief description of the program proposal (short paragraph is fine)
  • Name, Title and Department of the PI and any Co-I’s

Please note: Though this solicitation was posted just a couple days ago, the timeline to submit is relatively short.  A required LOI is due to NSF by December 6th and the full proposal is due February 6th.

Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.

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