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Partnerships for International Research and Education  (PIRE)  Crosscutting Programs  NSF Wide Programs

PIRE Program News

The next PIRE solicitation will be issued in the Spring, 2016 and awards will be made in the Fall of 2017.


Name Dir/Div Name Dir/Div
John  Tsapogas OD/OISE  Cassandra  M. Dudka OD/OISE 
Cassidy  Burke OD/OISE  Steven  Burch OD/OISE 

For questions about proposals within specific disciplines, contact one of the following Program Officers:

  • Biological Sciences 
    - Sally O’Connor – soconnor@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4552
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering  
    -  Dimitry Maslov - dmaslov@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8910
  • Education and Human Resources 
    -  Richard Tankersley - rtankers@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5199
  • Engineering 
    - Richard Frazaszy - rfragasz@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7011
  • Geosciences 
    - Maria Uhle -  muhle@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2250; or
    - Elizabeth (Lisa) Rom - elrom@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7709
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences 
    - Leland (Lee) Jameson - ljameson@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4883
  • Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences  
    - Shobhana Chelliah - schellia@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4381

For questions regarding co-funding opportunities with external agencies, use the following contacts:


Solicitation  14-587

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) (NSF 14-088)


PIRE 2015 Awards

PIRE 2012 Awards

PIRE 2010 Awards

PIRE 2007 Awards

PIRE 2005 Awards

USAID Press Release Jan 2013

Press Release 13-003

Press Release 11-034

Press Release 06-018

Handbook of Best Practices for Int'l Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Eligible Institutions (granted Ph.D. in science or engineering)


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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