About the Office of International Science & Engineering (OISE)


Global Relay Observatory Watching Transients Happen (GROWTH) Project, funded by NSF PIRE Program.

OISE is the NSF focal point for international science and engineering activities both inside and outside NSF. OISE promote an integrated, Foundation-wide international engagement strategy and manage internationally-focused programs that are innovative and catalytic. OISE focuses on international activities to promote innovation among the U.S. research community through access to international knowledge, infrastructure, and capabilities.

OISE’s focuses on three activities: (1) promoting the development of a globally competent U.S. workforce, (2) facilitating and supporting international partnerships and networks to leverage NSF and foreign resources, and (3) providing opportunities for U.S. leadership to shape the global science and engineering agenda. OISE’s supports these strategies by developing and implementing novel programs such as the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) and Accelerating Research through International Networks (AccelNet). In addition, OISE provides expert analysis and policy recommendations by leveraging a diverse network of relationships with interagency and international partners.


OISE works to leverage NSF and world resources through international collaboration to advance the frontiers of science.


NSF collaborates internationally to advance the U.S. economy, enhance our nation’s security; give the U.S. the competitive edge to remain a global leader; and advance knowledge and global understanding.

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