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Supporting international activities is an integral part of NSF’s mission to sustain and strengthen the nation’s science, mathematics and engineering capabilities, and to promote the use of those capabilities in service to society. Because science and engineering are increasingly global, NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) is implementing changes to its programs to ensure that U.S. institutions and scientists are globally engaged and able to more fully advance their research via international collaboration.
When OISE was established in January 2002, it was given responsibility for developing international programs that are innovative, catalytic, and responsive to the broad range of NSF interests. Consequently, OISE’s portfolio of activities will employ three approaches to enable international collaboration: supporting planning visits and workshops that are likely to be catalytic and lead to innovative international projects; providing international research opportunities for U.S. students and early-career scientists and engineers; and supporting international partnerships with larger, longer-term awards in which research and educational activities build on institutional strengths to provide an international collaborative experience that can involve U.S. researchers at all career levels. These approaches, combined with OISE support of international activities in NSF’s priority areas, are designed to capitalize on unique opportunities afforded by international collaboration and enhance broad-based NSF support for international collaborative research. OISE will foster mutually beneficial and sustainable collaborations that will yield high benefits because of the vital and integral nature of the foreign collaboration.
To implement its new portfolio of activities, OISE will no longer accept proposals that request funding for small-scale international collaborative research as defined in program solicitation NSF 03-559. The new portfolio of OISE activities will include the following:
OISE, in partnership with NSF’s research directorates, will also
continue to support international collaboration across the full range
of NSF’s disciplinary programs and priority areas. Researchers may
either include an international dimension in their proposals to these
programs, or request supplementary funding to active awards for international
activities by contacting the managing program officer for their award.
They can also contact OISE staff with expertise in the country or region
of interest for information about institutions and counterpart agencies.
(Contacts for cognizant program manager(s) are available from the OISE
home page – http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/int/).
OISE will work with the disciplinary programs to support the strongest
of these activities.
Kerri-Ann Jones, Ph.D.
The National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230, USA