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
Key: Crosscutting | NSF-wide