National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program NSF Wide Programs

NRT Q&A Sessions Announced

Thank you for your interest in the NSF Research Traineeship solicitation. To respond to solicitation-specific questions, we have scheduled several open-forum Question & Answer sessions starting in December 2020. See here on how to join, as well as dates and times. You can join for part of the time or listen to the entire session, and there is no need to pre-register. Your participation is anonymous.  These sessions are not recorded. If you have specific questions related to your proposal, please get in touch with one of the Program Directors. Best Wishes!

NRT Workshop Presentation and Q&A

On September 18, 2020, NRT Program Directors participated in an NRT workshop, sponsored by the CISE directorate, that was organized by an NRT PI’s team at the University of Virginia. Workshop slides and Q&A details can be found on the University of Virginia website.

Name Email Phone Room
Daniel  Denecke (703) 292-8072   
Vinod  K. Lohani (703) 292-2330   
John  Weishampel (703) 292-2162   


Solicitation  21-536

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    September 6, 2021

    September 6, Annually Thereafter


The NSF Research Traineeship (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 or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested that address any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, as noted above.


The NRT program addresses workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. The program encourages proposals that involve strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners. NRT especially welcomes proposals that include partnership with NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) and leverage INCLUDES project efforts to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society ( Collaborations between NRT proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects should strengthen both NRT and INCLUDES projects.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program