United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

NSF/PLR Funding Opportunity announcement

NSF-wide Funding Opportunity Announced

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an National Science Foundation (NSF) 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.

The Division of Polar Programs (PLR), Geosciences Directorate, strongly encourages international collaborations as international partnerships are particularly important for addressing critical science and engineering problems in the polar regions. Accordingly, the polar community should be well poised to submit proposals to the current PIRE competition. 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.

The PIRE competition is open to all areas of science and engineering research that are supported by the NSF. For detailed information about the competition, please read the solicitation Partnerships for International Research (PIRE), NSF 14-587. Links to the solicitation and a list of Directorate contacts are provided on this page. Polar-specific questions should be directed to a program director in the Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT staff list; 703-292-8033) or Arctic Sciences Section (ARC staff list; 703-292-8029).

The deadline for preliminary proposals is 21 October 2014. Full proposals are due on 15 May 2015.