The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP), formerly called Faculty and Student Teams (FaST), seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas. As part of the program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project.
The Visiting Faculty Program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories.
Applications for the VFP are solicited annually for appointments to the Summer Term (May through August), which is 10 weeks in duration. Each of the 14 participating DOE laboratories offer different research opportunities (not all laboratories participate) and interested faculty members are encouraged to contact DOE laboratory scientists in advance to discuss research projects of mutual interest. Student participation is optional.
All VFP faculty applicants must submit at the time of application a research project proposal co-developed with the collaborating research staff located at the host DOE laboratory. Proposal guidance and requirements can be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/how-to-apply/developing-a-research-proposal/.
Applicants from institutions participating in select National Science Foundation (NSF) programs may apply to NSF for supplemental funds to support the VFP appointment at a DOE laboratory. Applicants interested in participating in the NSF program are required to include at least one undergraduate student and must apply to NSF for supplemental funds according to the NSF guidelines. More information about eligible NSF programs can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10019/nsf10019.jsp.