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New solicitation: proposals to the International Research Experience for Students program


November 2, 2017

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program, managed by NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), supports 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 program's overarching, long-term goals are to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness by training the next generation of research leaders.

A new solicitation for IRIS proposals has been issued: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?org=OAC&ods_key=nsf18505.

The 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.

Each track has a separate deadline for submission, which are listed in the solicitation.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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