Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the US science and engineering community by supporting collaborative relationships with international colleagues in order to advance new knowledge and discoveries at the frontiers of science and engineering and to promote the development of a diverse, globally-engaged US scientific and engineering workforce. The PIRE program will support bold, forward-looking research whose successful outcome results from all partners—US and foreign—providing unique contributions to the research endeavor. It is also intended to facilitate greater student preparation for and participation in international research collaboration, and to contribute to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged US science and engineering workforce.
Proposers are strongly encouraged to develop synergistic collaborations with a wide range of US academic institutions, including four-year and two-year institutions, in order to take advantage of complementary strengths in international research and/or education and broaden the impact of the proposed PIRE program. They are also encouraged to develop synergistic linkages with other domestic and international partners that will enhance the PIRE project, including research laboratories, professional societies, corporations, institutions of informal learning (e.g., museums, zoos), etc.
Proposals for new PIRE projects as well as proposals for the renewal of PIRE awards made in 2005 may be submitted. The limit on the number of proposals an institution may submit as lead institution applies to the combined total of new and renewal proposals.

Because MU is limited to three preliminary proposals for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to 3 pages, including 1) describe the project, including its key research and education goals and features, including the research and educational opportunities provided by the international partnership; 2) how the international engagement is synergistic and adds value to the research and education endeavors; 3) the intellectual merit of the proposed project; and 4) the broader impacts of the proposed project.


The total for all projects associated with this solicitation is up to $40,000,000 over Fiscal Years 2010-2014 from the Office of International Science and Engineering, pending availability of funds. Additional contributions will be sought from other NSF Directorates and Offices.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2008

Sponsor Deadlines:

Required preliminary proposals are due February 26, 2009
INVITED full proposals are due August 4, 2009

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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