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International Research Experiences for Students  (IRES) NSF Wide Programs


IRES Q&A Webinar

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST 

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) Program Directors Dr. Fahmida Chowdhury and Dr. Maija Kukla will be available for answering questions from anyone interested in considering IRES proposal submissions. 

Please note that this is a Q&A webinar – there will be no program presentation. Interested parties should read the solicitation to learn about the program, and ask questions on issues that may need clarification or further explanations.

  • To join the webinar, copy the URL into your browser or click on it to register https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/j.php?MTID=mf24de1ad2b0ca73070c5c604f55c8c2a
  • Participant password: IRES2018!a
  • Audio only participation is available via phone by dialing toll number 1-415-655-0002 and entering access code/meeting number: 749 241 010
  • Note: To view real-time captions, open a separate browser page and go to http://www.fedrcc.us/fedrcc/ The event confirmation number is 3448979.
  • If you need reasonable/accessibility accommodations to participate, please contact us 10 days in advance of the event date for coordination.
  • Participants can call Cisco WebEx Technical Support at -866-229-3239 for help with joining WebEx events.

We encourage you to email your questions in advance to the IRES Program Directors: fchowdhu@nsf.gov, mkukla@nsf.gov

 


New IRES Solicitation

See new solicitation below.


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Maija  M. Kukla mkukla@nsf.gov (703) 292-4940  W 17233  
Fahmida  N. Chowdhury fchowdhu@nsf.gov (703) 292-4672  W 17158  


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  18-505

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

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.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    January 30, 2018

        Track - I: IRES Sites

    February 6, 2018

        Track-II: Advanced Studies Institutes

    February 13, 2018

        Track - III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience

    September 11, 2018

    Second Tuesday in September, Annually Thereafter

        Track - I: IRES Sites

    September 18, 2018

    Third Tuesday in September, Annually Thereafter

        Track-II: Advanced Studies Institutes

    September 25, 2018

    Fourth Tuesday in September, Annually Thereafter

        Track - III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience


SYNOPSIS

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged  workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.  

The overarching, long-term goal of the IRES program is to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness through training the next generation of research leaders.

This solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal.

Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences.  Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research. Track III calls for U.S. institutional partnerships and coalitions to develop and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for graduate students, as individuals or groups. 

(1) IRES - Track I: IRES Sites (IS) projects engage a group of undergraduate and/or graduate students in active high quality collaborative research at an international site with mentorship from researchers at a host lab. IRES Sites must be organized around a coherent intellectual theme that may involve a single discipline or multiple disciplines funded by NSF.

(2) IRES - Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI) are intensive short courses with related activities that engage advanced graduate students in active learning and research at the frontiers of knowledge. ASIs typically range in length from ten to twenty-one days and must be held outside the United States. ASIs must have a compelling rationale for their international location and should involve distinguished active researchers in the target field from the U.S. and abroad. ASIs should enable students to develop skills and broaden professional networks, leveraging international participation and complementary resources (expertise, facilities, data, field site, etc.) for mutual benefit.

(3) IRES - Track III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience (IGE) projects propose, implement, and evaluate creative ideas for catalyzing the development of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers at the graduate student level. The IGE IRES track invites professional societies and organizations in the U.S. directly associated with science and engineering education or research activities to propose innovative large-scale programs to provide high-quality international research and/or research-related professional development experiences for U.S. graduate students as individuals or groups. The proposed experiences should enhance transferable skills and expand professional networks. Graduate students recruited from a broad, diverse  applicant pool should travel to non-U.S. locations for periods of several weeks to a semester for immersive experiences under the mentorship of appropriate collaborators in the U.S. and foreign locations. The proposed international professional development model may focus on research or research-related activities in any NSF-funded area(s). Proposals that utilize, leverage and potentially expand existing global networks and infrastructure are encouraged. 

Student participants supported by IRES funds must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply directly to NSF to participate in IRES activities. Students apply to NSF-funded investigators who receive IRES awards. To identify appropriate IRES projects, students should consult the directory of active IRES awards at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?WT.si_n=ClickedAbstractsRecentAwards&WT.si_x=1&WT.si_cs=1&WT.z_pims_id=12831&ProgEleCode=7727&BooleanElement=Any&BooleanRef=Any&ActiveAwards=true&#results


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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