University of Southern California


NSF-16-571: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Slots:                                               1                
LOI:                                                         N/A
Internal Deadline:                               Contact the Office of Research if interested.
Preliminary Proposal Deadline:   September 14, 2016, 5pm PDT
Full Proposal Deadline:                     April 24, 2017, 5pm PDT
Award Information:                       
Type:  Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 8 – 12
Anticipated Amount: $8,000,000 to $12,000,000 annually, for all new awards, pending the availability of funds; the average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years.

Cost Sharing:                               Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Submission Process:                  PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:               

Who May Serve as PI:             There are no restrictions or limits.


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.

Program objectives include:

PIRE partners share an ambitious research vision that integrates research and education. The project theme may involve any area of science and engineering research that is supported by the NSF. PIRE projects may vary in size and exhibit diverse forms of organization, collaboration, and operation suited to their individual needs. PIRE projects must include collaboration with foreign research partners and international research experiences for students to promote a diverse internationally competitive science and engineering workforce.

NSF is committed to the principle of diversity and expects PIRE projects to involve groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering at all levels (faculty, students and postdoctoral researchers). Underrepresented groups include women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Increasing the participation of a diverse U.S. citizenry by creating opportunities and enabling them to contribute is essential to the health and vitality of science, engineering, and education.

Visit the link to see more about additional funding opportunities.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.