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Partnerships for International Research and Education  (PIRE)  NSF Wide Programs

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PIRE Program News

  • Note: This program has been updated. The latest version can be found here.

Name Email Phone Room
John  Tsapogas (703) 292-7799  1155 II  
Amelia  Greer (703) 292-8429  1155 II  
Steven  Burch (703) 292-7226  1155 II  

For questions regarding co-funding opportunities with external agencies, use the following contacts:


Solicitation  11-564

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




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.

International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different nations 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.

This PIRE competition will focus exclusively on the NSF-wide investment area of Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). The SEES effort focuses on interdisciplinary topics that will advance sustainability science, engineering and education as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future. Additional details are provided in the Summary of Program Requirements below.

PIRE 2012 Awards

Press Release Jan '13 - NSF Supports Global Research to Advance Science and Engineering for Sustainability

USAID Press Release Jan '13 - USAID and NSF awards to support developing country collaborations

Press Release - Feb '11 - NSF Builds More Partnerships for International Research & Education

PIRE3 2010 Awards

PIRE2 2007 Awards

PIRE1 2005 Awards

Press Release - NSF Awards First PIRE Grants

FAQs for 2011 PIRE competition

Eligible Institutions (granted Ph.D. in science or engineering)

Handbook of Best Practices for Int'l Research Experiences for Undergraduates

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program