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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 2024

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological, Physical & Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research, School/College Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:April 14, 2023
Subject:NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 2024 - NSF 21-536


Deadline for Internal Review:May 16, 2023

Project Description

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 below.

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

For FY2021, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) have been added to the national priority areas in which the NRT Program encourages proposals. NSF seeks proposals on any interdisciplinary research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on AI and QISE and the six research areas within NSF’s 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL).

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for NSF 21-536, NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program can be found here.

Amount per Award: Total Budget of up to $3 mil
Duration of Award: 5 Years
Number of Awards: 14 to 16


UW–Madison may participate in two proposals under Track 1.  As an R1 institution, the UW is not eligible for Track 2.  Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal.

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


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, attach a single PDF to an email to:

Please include the following information:

  • The name and contact information for the Principal Investigator (PI)
  • List of internal and external participants and affiliations
  • Proposed Research Theme
  • Research project summary of no more than 4 pages addressing the intent of the NSF NRT Program Solicitation.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to NSF by September 06, 2023.