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IGERT has been the National Science Foundation's flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training.

Collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and requires teamwork provides students with the tools to become leaders in the science and engineering of the future. Diversity among the students contributes to their preparation to solve large and complex research problems of significant scientific and societal importance at the national and international level. IGERT students have obtained the personal and professional skills to succeed in the careers of the 21st century. Since 1998 the IGERT program has made 278 awards and has provided funding for approximately 6,500 graduate students.

Learn More

Visit Find an IGERT to learn more about the individual IGERT programs. Browse the Showcase Highlights, IGERT Stories, and Achievements for a window into their innovative work and accomplishments. IGERT Stories include video narratives, field notes, news clippings, informal reports, and blogs provided by many of these programs. You can also visit the NSF IGERT Program Page on the NSF website.

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is the newer NSF graduate education initiative. The last competition for the Integrated Graduate Research Traineeship (IGERT) program was held in 2013; no future IGERT competitions are planned.

This NRT solicitation extends and broadens the scope of the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program launched in 2014. Proposals are invited in two tracks: the Traineeship Track (maximum 5 years, $3.0 million), dedicated to the education of STEM graduate students through an innovative, evidence-based traineeship approach in high-priority interdisciplinary research areas; and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track (2–3 years, up to $300,000–$500,000) dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating bold, new graduate-education approaches, models, and activities and to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and scaling. This solicitation is active for two years, and future NRT solicitations are anticipated. A letter of intent is recommended for both tracks.

NRT Deadlines for submission:

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (optional) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):
  December 22, 2015
    Applies to both tracks

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):
  February 22, 2016
    Applies to both tracks