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Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program

About the series

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program is providing information on the newly revised Solicitation: NSF  21-606 via a webinar on September 17th, 2021 starting at 3:00 pm ET.


The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports authentic summer research experiences for K-14 educators to foster long-term collaborations between universities, community colleges, school districts, and industry partners. With this solicitation, the Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) focus on a reciprocal exchange of expertise between K-14 educators and research faculty and (when applicable) industry mentors. K-14 educators will enhance their scientific disciplinary knowledge in engineering or computer science and translate their research experiences into classroom activities and curricula to broaden their students’ awareness of and participation in computing and engineering pathways. At the same time, the hosting research faculty will deepen their understanding of classroom practices, current curricula, pedagogy, and K-14 educational environments.


With this updated solicitation, the program deadline is now November 16, 2021 (replacing the previous September deadline).


Additional revisions include:

  • Clarified language in the Program Synopsis, Introduction, Program Description, Budget requirements, and Solicitation-Specific Review Criteria to streamline what should be included in RET Site proposals
  • Clarification of criteria by which RET Site proposals will be reviewed
  • Expansion to include include educators interested in strengthening computer science and/or engineering at their institution as well as those teaching a STEM subject as RET participants
  • Encouraged inclusion of an education expert on the project team


The webinar will include a briefing on the RET program and key solicitation requirements, followed by a question-and-answer session. Prior to the webinar, you can submit questions to aykenned@nsf.gov.


Register in advance for this webinar, which will take place via Zoom:



Or an H.323/SIP room system:

    H.323: (US West) or (US East)

    Meeting ID: 160 273 6319

    Passcode: 229596

    SIP: 1602736319@sip.zoomgov.com

    Passcode: 229596


After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about how to join the webinar. Participants will be able to join in a listen-only mode and interact through the Q&A function. 

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