NSF REU Supplements

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)  

Solicitation # 13-542

OGCA CONTACT INFO:

For all proposals in the College of Natural Sciences:

Mary Bryskiewicz, mbryskiewic@research.umass.edu (413) 545-9878

Proposals in all other Colleges:

Kim Lowney, klowney@research.umass.edu 545-0698

 A request for an REU Supplement to an existing NSF award should be submitted if the need for the undergraduate student support was not foreseen at the time of the original proposal submission.  After logging into FastLane, choose "Award and Reporting Functions," and then "Supplemental Funding Request." Next, choose the award to be supplemented.

Normally, funds may be requested for up to two students, but exceptions will be considered for training additional qualified students who are members of underrepresented groups (women, minorities, and persons with disabilities). Centers or large research efforts may request support for a number of students commensurate with the size and nature of the project.

Student stipends for summer projects are expected to be comparable to those of REU Site participants, approximately $500 per student per week. Other student costs include housing, meals, travel, and laboratory use fees and usually vary depending on location. Amounts for academic-year projects should be comparable on a pro rata basis.

Total costs for a summer--including all direct costs and indirect costs--are generally expected not to exceed $1,200 per student per week. However, projects that involve international activities, field work in remote locations, or other exceptional circumstances may exceed this limit.

Results from any REU Supplement activities must be included in the annual project report for the associated award. The term of an REU Supplement may not exceed that of the associated award

 

A. The following is a summary as to how the REU supplement proposals vary from standard NSF applications as detailed in NSF’s Grant Proposal Guides (GPG):

Applicants are expected to be familiar with the GPG.

1)Budget:

a) All student costs should be entered on Line F (Participant Support Costs) of the proposal budget.

b) Indirect Costs:  

The REU solicitation has been revised to clarify the treatment of indirect costs in proposals for REU Sites and requests for REU Supplements. The treatment of indirect costs should follow the policies specified in NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Indirect costs (F&A) are not allowed on Participant Support Costs in REU Site or REU Supplement budgets. Note that the REU solicitation's longstanding "administrative allowance" of 25% of the participant support stipend amount in lieu of indirect costs has been discontinued.

 

2) In the form entitled "Summary of Proposed Work," state that this is a request for an REU Supplement.

3) In the form entitled "Justification for Supplement," which is limited to 3 pages, include the following information:

a) the form and nature of each prospective student's involvement in the research project

b) the experience of the PI (or other prospective research mentors) in involving undergraduates in research, including any previous REU Supplement support and the outcomes for that support; and

c) the process and criteria for selecting the student(s).  If the student has been pre-selected (as might be true in the case of a supplement for and ongoing award), then the grounds for selection and a brief biographical sketch of the student should be included. 

4) If an REU student has been pre-selected, you may place a brief biographical sketch in Supplementary Documents.

5) The only proposal sections that need to be submitted for an REU supplement are:

  • The Summary of Proposed Work
  • The Justification for Supplement
  • The budget
  • The budget justification
  • Supplementary documents (if applicable)

B. COMMON MISTAKES IN NSF REU supplement proposals:

1) Student costs are not listed in Category F

2) Fonts that do not adhere to NSF format. Acceptable NSF fonts are:

  • Arial 11, Courier New, or Palatino Linotype at a font size of 10 points or larger
  • Times New Roman at a font size of 11 points or larger
  • Computer Modern family of fonts at a font size of 11 points or larger

3) Pagination is omitted in the "Justification for Supplement”.

4) If there was a co-PI on the main award, the co-PI also needs to sign off on the IPF for the REU supplement