NSF announces new research traineeship awards
Research Traineeship program aims to foster bold, new models for graduate education
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce 24 new awardees for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program, designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative models for graduate education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
"STEM graduate education is a critical component of maintaining and enhancing the science and engineering workforce that drives innovation for the U.S. economy," said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources. "The NRT program is part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening graduate education in ways that help prepare STEM professionals to maintain the cutting edge in U.S. research."
The NRT program addresses key issues in the scientific community, including educating and building the science and engineering workforce, broadening participation in STEM education to include traditionally underserved populations and creating new resources at institutions that train STEM graduate students.
The NRT program, launched in 2014, seeks to ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral programs develop the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of careers. NRT projects address interdisciplinary topics of national importance, and follow two tracks. Of the new awards, 11 follow the track of Traineeship, which seeks to train graduate students in high-priority, interdisciplinary research areas, including materials science, bioinformatics and ecology. Those awards total $29.7 million. Six of the 10 Traineeship awards support Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE) research. Industry internships, citizen science engagement and interdisciplinary team projects are among the graduate education innovations incorporated into the new awards.
The principal investigators, institutions and titles for the new Traineeship awards are:
The other 13 awards, which total $6.3 million, follow the second NRT track: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE), which is dedicated to piloting new approaches to graduate education. The principal investigators, institutions and titles for the new IGE awards are:
The next solicitation for NRT awards has been released. The Program Solicitation is NSF 16-503. Two new priority research areas are being introduced in the new solicitation under the Traineeship track. They are UtB: Understanding the Brain, and INFEWS: Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems. More information can be found at the NRT web page.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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