Supplemental funding from NSF available to support graduate internships

by Noreen Balos, Funding Peer
Friday, November 30, 2018 8:00 AM

Faculty PIs with NSF awards are encouraged to apply for up to $55,000 of supplemental funding available in fiscal year 2019 and 2020 to provide support for non-academic research internships for graduate students to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy.

These supplements could provide graduate students with the opportunity to augment their research assistantships with additional non-academic research internship activities and training opportunities that will complement their academic research training. PIs are encouraged to involve graduate students from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Grantees are also encouraged to include NSF Graduate Research Fellows and Honorable Mentions in their proposals.

The PI of an active NSF award may request supplemental funding for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will augment his/her preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting, including the following:

  • Industry laboratories or industry research and development groups;
  • Start-ups, such as (but not limited to) those funded through the NSF's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program;
  • Government agencies and National Laboratories;
  • Policy think-tanks; and
  • Non-profit organizations.

Supplemental funding requests may be submitted at any time but no later than May 1, 2019 (for available FY 2019 funds) and May 1, 2020 (for available FY 2020 funds).