Limited Submission Programs - NSF - Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Summary of Opportunity
NSF - Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
OSP Deadline

Preliminary Proposal (Required): 10/13/11

Full Corresponding Proposal: 05/19/12

Funding Agency Deadline

Preliminary Proposal (Required): 10/19/11 by 5:00 p.m. CST

Full Corresponding Proposal: 05/15/12 by 5:00 p.m. CST

Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: 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

  1. Only Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES)-focused proposals will be considered.
  2. A single organization may submit only one preliminary proposal as the lead institution.
  3. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only.
  4. Eliminates limit on the number of proposals on which a PI, co-PI or other Senior Personnel may appear.
  5. 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).

Please see the solicitation for complete information.

Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed

One (1) preliminary proposal per lead institution

NOTE: There is no limit on the number of proposals on which an institution can participate as a partner.

Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2011:

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims/needs of the proposed research project.
  3. The short bio sketch/CV of the UT PI

Each college may submit one (1) nomination.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance Drs. Frederick Steiner, Barbara Brown Wilson, and Bjorn Sletto, School of Architecture
Posting Date 7/27/11