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NSF 11-564: Parternshisps for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Thursday Aug 11, 2011

Sponsor:  NSF – National Science Foundation
Program:  NSF 11-564, Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
The complete solicitation is here:
Please submit the following materials electronically to by noon on Thursday, August 11, 2011:
1.       Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of/needs for the proposed research project.
2.       Short bio sketch/CV of the UT PI
3.       (Recommended) Short endorsement from departmental chair to be incorporated into letter of nomination
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.
International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different nations and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.
This PIRE competition will focus exclusively on the NSF-wide investment area of Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). The SEES effort focuses on interdisciplinary topics that will advance sustainability science, engineering and education as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future. Additional details are provided in the Summary of Program Requirements below.

Revision Summary

Only Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES)-focused proposals will be considered.
A single organization may submit only one preliminary proposal as the lead institution.
Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only.
Eliminates limit on the number of proposals on which a PI, co-PI or other Senior Personnel may appear.
Depending on research topic and country, additional funding for U.S. PIs or foreign collaborators may be available from these agencies: United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (MES); Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST); Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA); and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The complete solicitation is here: