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International Science and Engineering (ISE) Section

About International Collaboration & Funding at NSF

NSF highly values international collaboration, as it is critical to keeping the United States globally competitive at the frontiers of knowledge, leading to transformational S&E breakthroughs.

ISE serves as the focal point for international collaborative activities across NSF while working across the Foundation to co-fund awards and supplements in cooperation with NSF's disciplinary directorates.

To fulfill this unique role, ISE hosts three overseas NSF offices. Located in Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing, these offices promote collaboration among U.S. and foreign scientists and engineers, serve as liaison between NSF and its overseas counterparts, and report on developments in the international science and engineering community.

Links to the international offices, the ISE staff directory, and other ISE resources, are on the left side of this page.

Investigators based at a U.S. research institution may include international dimensions in new proposals that they intend to submit to NSF's disciplinary directorates or to ISE, or they may request supplemental funding for their existing NSF awards. NSF can support the costs associated with participation of U.S.-based researchers (including students) engaged in international collaboration. U.S. investigators are advised to consult early in the application process with both the disciplinary program manager and an ISE country program manager.

Proposals for international collaboration should fully address the first criterion below, as well as one or more of the subsequent criteria:

  • True intellectual collaboration with foreign research partner (Proposals must include foreign partner's biosketch & project role. If a foreign institution will provide resources, include an endorsement letter from the foreign institution.)
  • New international collaborations, as opposed to well-established ones;
  • Clear benefit to U.S. science/engineering community from expertise, facilities, or resources of the foreign collaborator; and
  • Active engagement of U.S. students and junior researchers at the foreign site.

ISE can support workshops that immediately precede or follow a conference when they add an international dimension focused on building new research collaboration (see NSF Grant Proposal Guide II.D.8 & 9). ISE will not support participation of U.S. scientists and engineers in international conferences. ISE rarely supports travel costs of foreign investigators.

International Funding Opportunities at NSF

ISE Managed Opportunities
bullet Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC) NSF Wide Flag
bullet East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) NSF Wide Flag
bullet International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) NSF Wide Flag
bullet International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) NSF Wide Flag Crosscutting
bullet Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI)
bullet Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) NSF Wide Flag
Highlighted NSF-wide & Cross-disciplinary International Opportunities
bullet Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science NSF Wide Flag
bullet Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) for current Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awardees NSF Wide Flag
bullet Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) NSF Wide Flag
bullet Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) NSF Wide Flag
bullet Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD)
bullet Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) NSF Wide Flag Crosscutting
Additional Opportunities for International Collaboration
bullet ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers NSF Wide Flag
bullet Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI)
bullet Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) Crosscutting
bullet Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2013
bullet Domestic Nuclear Detection Office-National Science Foundation Academic Research Initiative (ARI)
bullet Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) Crosscutting
bullet Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program NSF Wide Flag
bullet George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research (NEESR) Planning Grants (NEESR Planning)
bullet Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) NSF Wide Flag
bullet Materials World Network: Cooperative Activity in Materials Research between US Investigators and their Counterparts Abroad (MWN)
bullet Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)
bullet Research Coordination Networks Crosscutting
bullet Research Networks in the Mathematical Sciences (RNMS)
bullet Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships NSF Wide Flag
bullet Science of Learning Centers (SLC) NSF Wide Flag
bullet Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability NSF-Wide Investment (SEES) NSF Wide Flag Crosscutting
bullet Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

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