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Program Synopsis

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.

The official NSF announcement for this funding opportunity appears on NSF’s website:

Estimated Number of Awards and Anticipated Funding Amount

8 to 12 awards pending availability of funds. Average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years.

Limit on Number of Proposals

UHM may submit only one preliminary proposal as the lead institution.

UHM Internal Competition

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_NSF-PIRE_pdf

  1. Cover page. Include the following information:
    1. PI name, position title, department, address, email address, phone number
    2. Name(s) and departmental affiliation(s) of Co-PI(s) and other Core Participants
    3. Lead institution and participating institution(s)
    4. Project title:  The title should begin with “PIRE: _____”.
  2. Project Summary (2 pages maximum). Provide a summary describing:
    1. the proposed research and education activities and approach;
    2. why the international partnership is critical to the project’s success;
    3. intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed project.
  3. 2-page Biosketch for PI or Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to OVCR, by 4:30 PM, Monday, July 25, 2016. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, iAVCR.  NSF’s preliminary proposal due date is September 14, 2016

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