Partnerships for International Research and Education Program (PIRE)

DEADLINES:

  • Internal Deadline:  September 8, 2014
  • NSF Preliminary Proposal Deadline:  October 21, 2014
  • Final Proposals (by invitation) Deadline:  May 15, 2015

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.  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.

ELIGIBILITY:

There are no restrictions or limits on who can serve as a PI as long as they have or request PI status through Boston University. Proposals may be submitted by U.S. academic institutions with Ph.D.-granting programs that have awarded doctoral degrees in the 2012 or 2013 academic years in any area of research supported by NSF. Note that universities are limited to one proposal as the lead institution. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only. For the purposes of this opportunity, Boston University and Boston University Medical Campus will be considered separate institutions allowing one preliminary proposal from each.

FUNDING INFORMATION:

NSF intends to award a total of $10 million-$15 million for this round of PIRE. Pending the availability of funds, NSF will make average awards of approximately $4 million over five years. Additional funding for international partners on PIRE projects may be available from selected NSF counterpart agencies abroad.

WEB:http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14587/nsf14587.htm

APPLICATION  PROCESS:

BUMC may submit only one application to the PIRE program.  Potential applicants will be reviewed internally to select the final candidate.  If you would like to apply, please email the following documents (preferably combined into a single pdf file) to Diana Lehman (dlehman@bu.edu), Office of Clinical Research by September 8, 2014:

  • a one-page project summary describing the concept of the proposed PIRE project, including why the international partnership is critical to the project success and the broader impacts of the project
  • Junior faculty (instructors and assistant professors should include a support letter from their research mentors
  • your email address and your mentor’s email address
  • your biosketch or cv

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