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

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

10/16/14 (Pre-Proposal)

05/11/15 (Full Proposal By Invitation Only)

Letters of Intent: Not required

Funding Agency Deadline

10/21/14 (Pre-Proposal)

05/15/15 (Full Proposal By Invitation Only)

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 national environments 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 be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF.


  1. Support excellence in science and engineering research and education through international collaboration.
  2. Promote opportunities where international collaboration can provide unique advantages of scope, scale, flexibility, expertise, facilities, or access to phenomena, enabling advances that could not occur otherwise.
  3. Engage and share resources and research infrastructure within and across institutions to build strong international partnerships.
  4. Create and promote opportunities for students and early career researchers to participate in substantive international research experiences.


PIRE partners share an ambitious research vision that integrates research and education. The project theme may involve any area of science and engineering research that is supported by the NSF. PIRE projects may vary in size and exhibit diverse forms of organization, collaboration, and operation suited to their individual needs. PIRE projects must include collaboration with foreign research partners and international research experiences for students to promote a diverse internationally competitive science and engineering workforce.


NSF is committed to the principle of diversity and expects PIRE projects to involve groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students and postdoctoral researchers). Underrepresented groups include women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Increasing the participation of a diverse U.S. citizenry by creating opportunities and enabling them to contribute is essential to the health and vitality of science, engineering, and education.

Please see the solicitation for complete information.

Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed

One (1) pre-proposal as the lead institution – There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner.

Required Internal Review Documents

Each College/School may send forward one (1) candidate for consideration.

Please submit the following materials electronically to no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Because of the scale of work to be proposed, Investigators may provide up to a four-page maximum description of the aims of the proposed research project.  Include key research and education goals and features.  You should also provide sufficient detail to enable review of how the international research partnership will advance the frontiers of science of engineering, how the international education component will help train a diverse, globally engaged US workforce, as well as the feasibility of the research and education programs.
  3. The biosketch of The University of Texas at Austin’s Principal Investigator.
Nominee(s) Selected to Advance  
Posting Date 07/28/17