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UIDP Webinar Recording: Skills Training in Advanced Research & Technology (START) for Community College Students and Faculty

Learn about a powerful new NSF supplemental funding opportunity for Skills Training in Advanced Research & Technology (START):

Fostering the growth of a globally competitive and diverse research workforce while advancing the scientific and innovation skills of the United States is a strategic objective of the National Science Foundation (NSF). U.S. global competitiveness depends critically on the readiness of the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. To achieve this goal, the NSF invests in programs that directly advance this workforce. As part of this effort, the NSF has announced a new supplemental funding opportunity for awardees of the Advanced Technical Education (ATE) Program and the Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Program.

Technically skilled individuals bring critical thinking, design, digital, math, and coding skills to work as mechanics, health care technicians, research technicians, skilled tradecraft people, computer systems analysts and administrators, operators of “smart” infrastructure, etc. They also make crucial contributions to the nation’s R&D enterprise, accounting for more than half of all workers in many of America’s advanced industries. R&D-intensive industries that employ a skilled technical workforce account for about 17% of U.S. gross domestic product, including advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, aerospace, energy-providing industries (such as oil and gas extraction and power generation), and critical service activities (such as telecommunications and software design).

This supplemental funding opportunity provides students, faculty, and student/faculty teams in two-year institutions of higher education (two-year IHEs) with experiential learning opportunities through research internships that involve IUCRC Centers and associated Center research projects. These internship opportunities will support two-year IHE students, faculty, and student/faculty teams in acquiring core professional competencies and skills to support careers in sectors of the U.S. economy served by IUCRCs and provide chances to directly interact with industry representatives.

Originally aired
Tuesday, May 18, 2021


  • Dr. Prakash Balan, NSF
  • Dr. V. Celeste Carter, NSF

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