National Science Foundation

NSF: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Program Summary

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.


A single organization may submit one preliminary proposal as the lead institution. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner.

Award Information

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 15 pending the availability of funds.
Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,000,000 to $15,000,000

$10,000,000 to $15,000,000 annually, for all awards, pending the availability of funds; the average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years. 

Internal Selection Process
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee.  Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria.  Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions.  Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV
  2. A description of the proposed project.  It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014.  The selected nominee is to complete the preliminary proposal in accordance wtih the sponsor's deadline of Tuesday, October 21, 2014.


Proposal Due to OVPRED08/28/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF10/14/2014
Date Due to Sponsor10/21/2014
Required LOI Due Date10/21/2014
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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