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Thursday, April 1, 2010

NSF Grad Student (Underrepresented) Supplements Engineering

The establishment of Graduate Research Supplements (GRS) reflects the continuing effort by ENG to promote increased participation of new Ph.D. students in all fields of engineering research with particular emphasis on individuals from underrepresented groups. The long-term goal of GRS is to increase the number of persons from underrepresented groups in advanced academic and professional careers.

Recognizing the importance and impact of the program, the Directorate for Engineering at this time is continuing GRS for its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems; Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems; Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation; Engineering Education and Centers; and Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. It is anticipated that GRS will help in the development of intellectual synergy between faculty and students, will provide faculty with the opportunity to involve additional graduate students in on-going research programs, will foster a learning and career advancement environment that supports students, and will lead to greater retention of students in the underrepresented populations.

Anticipated Type of Award: Supplements to currently active Directorate for Engineering (ENG) research awards.

Eligibility: A request for funding of a GRS should be made by the Principal Investigator (PI) of a currently active ENG research award. Only one new Ph.D. student for GRS may be supported under each research award. The exception is for Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) (or other center-type awards), which are multi-campus and usually multi-state awards. PIs for Center awards can request a GRS for more than one student associated with more than one PI. The request must be submitted by the PI of the lead university and there is a limitation of two students per award. Each of the students must be located on two different campuses funded by the Center. Sub award budget requests should be included for any students not located on the campus of the lead university.

GRS candidates must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. The graduate students must be newly enrolled in, or planning to pursue the Ph.D. degree in engineering disciplines. Newly enrolled students’ means that the student started in the spring 2010 semester or will be starting in the fall 2010 semester.

For complete announcement refer to http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10035/nsf10035.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

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