Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) Submission NSF 11-533


White Paper: Friday, March 30, 2012
Committee Decision: Friday, April 20, 2011 (anticipated)
NSF Letter of Intent Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
NSF proposal Deadline: Monday, July 2, 2012

Program Synopsis

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.

NSF 11-533 summary –
NSF 11-533 solicitation –
*Pay close attention to the first section, Important Information and Revision Notes, to see what has changed from previous solicitations.
IGERT Resource Center –

Eligibility Information

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.

CCNY Review Procedure

A committee consisting of CCNY faculty and staff will review your White Paper. Reviewers may not have a background in the specific field related to your research area. It is likely that many of the NSF’s review panel members will also have general, not in-depth, knowledge of your specific research area. It is therefore important that you present the technical aspects of your research as clearly as possible, emphasizing the ultimate economic or societal impact.

White Paper (due March 30)

White Papers are limited to total of 3 pages and must be written in size 11 font or larger with a margin of at least 0.75 inches all around. You must include NSF reviews of past IGERT submissions. No other attachments, including CVs, budgets, quotes, and communication with NSF program officers, will be accepted or reviewed.

The following sections must be included in the white paper. Note that sections 1.a. through 1.d. below contain the information required in the NSF Notice of Intent.

  1. Project Details (2 pages only)
    1. Title: concise and descriptive (should begin with “IGERT:” and should reflect the interdisciplinary theme)
    2. Principal Investigator(s): list all co-PIs at CCNY, CUNY and other institutions, including university, department and research center affiliations
    3. Key Words: list up to four key words that reflect the established disciplines whose boundaries will be crossed in the interdisciplinary theme, in the order of their emphasis in the proposal (e.g., Economics, Engineering, Physics)
    4. Synopsis (maximum of 200 words): provide a brief statement of the vision and goals of the proposed training program, including a brief statement of the interdisciplinary theme
    5. Estimated Total Budget: indicate the estimated 5-year total that will be requested from NSF
    6. Estimated Budget Breakdown: indicate the estimated ANNUAL budget for each of the following categories: 1) trainee support; 2) competitive innovation incentive fund; 3) funded international component (if applicable); 4) faculty salaries; 5) other budget items; 6) total annual budget
    7. Student Support: include the following information:
      1. Number of individual trainees to be supported over the course of the 5-year award
      2. Number of years of funding to be received by each trainee
      3. Mechanism(s) for supporting students when they no longer receive IGERT funds
    8. Education and Training Mechanisms: describe the graduate education and training mechanisms that are central to the IGERT project, the logic and evidence to support them, and how they are to be integrated with the interdisciplinary research and across the disciplines
    9. Organization & Management: describe plans and procedures for the organization and management of the IGERT project
    10. Recent Traineeship Experience: describe prior experience of the PI and/or Co-PIs with any related graduate traineeship project, including IGERT projects, during the past five years
    1. Project Summary (1 page only) – Provide an NSF-style summary description of the IGERT project, including its research theme and key education and training features, in a manner that will be informative to a general technical audience. (See a description of NSF project summaries in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide at

The following additional information was taken from Chapter III of the Grant Proposal Guide, available at

All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of two National Science Board approved merit review criteria. The two merit review criteria are listed below. The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions, and not all will apply to any given proposal.

What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?

  • How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?
  • How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of prior work.)

What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?

  • How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?
  • How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of prior work.)
  • To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?
  • How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?
  • Is there sufficient access to resources?

What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

  • How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning?
  • How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)?
  • To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?
  • Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding?
  • What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?

Please email White Papers to Associate Provost Larry Bank (, and ccLaura Bartovics (

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