Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11533/nsf11533.htm

National National Science Foundation (NSF)

PI Eligibility:
Texas A&M University faculty, including Agriculture, Engineering and TTI personnel.  The PI must be on the faculty of the submitting institution.

Institutional Eligibility:
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

U.S. academic institutions in the United States, its territories or possessions that grant the Ph.D. degree in the sciences and engineering may submit proposals. Projects may involve more than one institution, but a single institution must accept overall management responsibility. The lead institution must grant the Ph.D. degree in at least one of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields supported by the National Science Foundation and at least one Ph.D. granting unit should participate in the IGERT. Non-Ph.D. granting institutions, nonacademic, and international organizations may serve as collaborating organizations.

Number of Proposals: 1
There is a limit of one (1) proposal that may be submitted by an institution either as a single institution or as a lead institution in a multi-institution proposal.

Summary:
The purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes needed for successful implementation of such contributions. Building upon the IGERT platform, this solicitation intends to catalyze an institutional change to integrate innovation education and training in addition to interdisciplinary research, team work and professional skills. For the purpose of this solicitation, innovation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines is grounded in the interdisciplinary research theme of the proposal, and is defined as the spectrum of work that may ultimately utilize the results and discoveries from the interdisciplinary research for the development of creative and implementable solutions to societal challenges and benefit global society.

Students are expected to develop a foundation of experience and expertise that enables them to participate in the processes leading from discoveries in their research, to identification of relevant societal needs for which they may develop creative solutions based on their ideas and discoveries and learn the processes for successful implementation of such ideas and solutions as appropriate to their interdisciplinary topic. This training is also intended to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce that has the skills to take their science, engineering and technology research beyond the level of discovery in order to address societal and economic needs.

Dates:
April 12, 2012, 5:00 pm: Deadline for an internal email of intent. Include the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

We will review all email of intents and will communicate from this point with those who are interested.

May 1, 2012: Deadline for the Required Letter of Intent to NSF, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization

July 2, 2012: Deadline for the Full Proposal, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.