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  NSF: EFRI Research Experience and Mentoring (REM)NSF 13-032

The NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) continually seeks to further the progress in EFRI topic areas while broadening participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This letter is a pilot opportunity to pursue both of these goals through supplements to active EFRI research awards.

NSF seeks to encourage EFRI-supported researchers to create carefully mentored research opportunities for people who may not otherwise become engaged in a research project, and to utilize contributions and talents of these participants to make further progress toward research goals. Ideally the experience will be mutually beneficial. The main goals of the REM pilot program are to enhance EFRI-supported research while providing research experiences and mentoring opportunities to STEM students and/or educators that may ultimately enhance their career trajectory. A likely additional benefit is the possibility to build long-term collaborative partnerships among EFRI-supported researchers, the NSF university research community and local school districts.

Institutions with current EFRI research awards may apply for supplemental funding for this Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) pilot program to support costs associated with bringing Research Participants (RPs) into the laboratory over the summer to participate in research aligned with the goals of EFRI-supported research, and to extend the duration of structured mentoring into the academic year.

Supplemental funding requests may include collaboration with and/or placement of RPs in other EFRI-supported laboratories. REM RP candidates must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

USC may only submit one application in response to this program announcement. Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a two page abstract via email to Richard White ( by January 14, 2013. In addition to the 2-page abstract, you should also submit a biosketch for the PI.

NSF indicates that the deadline for submission of a REM request is February 11, 2013. For more information:
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