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I/UCRC Annual Directors’ Meeting January 8, 2009 Anne Emig Supplemental Funding Options at NSF: Supporting International Research & Education.

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1 I/UCRC Annual Directors’ Meeting January 8, 2009 Anne Emig Supplemental Funding Options at NSF: Supporting International Research & Education Collaborations Office of International Science and Engineering

2 Outline  Overview of NSF support for international collaboration  Office of International Science & Engineering  OISE Funding Opportunities  Tips for success in getting funding for international activities

3 “International cooperation in science is not a luxury; it is a necessity – and the foundation for the future.” Arden L. Bement, Jr. NSF Director May 2006 Why International Collaboration? Investing in America’s Future Strategic Plan FY NSF Strengthen the nation’s collaborative advantage by developing unique networks and innovative partnerships...both nationally and internationally, to leverage intellectual capabilities.

4 International Collaboration at NSF  Advance the FRONTIERS of Science and Engineering  ACCESS to unique expertise, facilities, and phenomena  LEVERAGE limited resources  Prepare a GLOBALLY-ENGAGED U.S. S&E workforce  DEVELOP understanding of science abroad  NURTURE capable young researchers with strong  networks overseas  RETAIN young researchers in S&E

5 International Collaboration Integrated throughout NSF  Integral part of new proposals to NSF research programs  Research directorate has lead  OISE may cofund  Supplements to active grants  Cognizant program officer has lead  OISE may cofund  New proposal to OISE  OISE has lead  Research directorate may cofund

6 Office of International Science & Engineering  Serves all NSF  Funds research & education in all areas of NSF-funded science & engineering  Regional Organization  Program Managers have country portfolios  Manages 3 NSF Overseas Offices  Tokyo, Paris, Beijing  Relatively small budget  OISE programs  Cofunding supplements and awards in research directorates OISE Overview

7 International

8 Key elements for OISE funding  Collaborative  Synergistic  Catalytic  Engage students, junior researchers in research overseas International Activities at NSF

9 Planning Visits  NSF  Supports short-term travel by small teams of U.S. researchers to plan new collaborations  Assess expertise, sites, facilities, data, experimental protocols, etc.  Plan next steps  Intended outcome: Proposal to NSF research directorate  Directorate input on proposal critical: internal review  $20,000 maximum

10 Workshops  NSF  Small-scale, focused meetings  Identify areas of joint research interest  Develop new collaborations  NSF supports U.S. faculty and students  Intended outcome: proposal to NSF research directorate  Research directorate input critical  Internal Review is typical  $60,000 max

11 Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes  NSF  Modeled on NATO Advanced Studies Institutes  PASIs aim to disseminate advanced scientific knowledge and stimulate cooperation among researchers of the Americas  Short (2-4 wks) courses at the advanced graduate and postdoc level  Supported by NSF/ENG, BIO and MPS, with DOE  $100,000 max  Jan deadline

12 International Research Fellowships  NSF  International postdoctoral fellowship  Open to U.S. citizens & permanent residents  Supports 9-24 months overseas research  Stipend, travel, subsistence  Some dependent support  Deadline: September 8, 2009

13 International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)  NSF  Supports small groups of students for focused research experiences overseas  Graduate and/or undergraduate students  $150,000 max ($50,000 per year for up to 3 years)  Deadlines: 9/15 and 2/15

14 Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Program (DDEP)  NSF  Provides travel support for doctoral research overseas  Must be collaborative, with evidence of intellectual involvement of foreign institution  U.S. faculty mentor is PI on proposal  $15,000 max.  No deadlines: Proposals welcome year-round

15 East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes  NSF  Individually tailored research experiences in EAP for U.S. graduate students  Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident  ~ 8 weeks  Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan  Foreign funding agencies shares costs with NSF  Application deadline: Early December  $5,000 stipend, travel, subsistence, pre-departure orientation

16 Partnerships for International Research & Education (PIRE)  Program solicitation: NSF  Objectives  Research excellence via international partnership  Development of a globally engaged U.S. S&E workforce  Strengthened capacity for international engagement by U.S. institutions  Five year awards, No budget ceiling  Two-stage process  Preliminary proposals due Feb 26, 2009  Invited full proposals due Aug 4, 2009

17 Partnerships for International Research & Education (PIRE)  Eligibility  U.S. academic institutions that granted at least one Ph.D. in a science or engineering field since 2006  3 preliminary proposals per institution  Researcher may be PI, co-PI or senior personnel on no more than 1 preproposal  Other Relevant Information  32 active PIRE awards (see PIRE webpage for details)  Partnerships with industry, museums, two- and four- year colleges welcome

18 The Bad News… OISE Does Not Typically Fund  Travel grants  Study abroad programs  Sabbaticals  Costs of the foreign counterpart  In rare cases, exceptions may be possible  Consult OISE program manager before including foreign counterpart costs in your budget

19 Keys to success with OISE  Have a top-notch research question  How will the international collaboration improve the research?  Who is your collaborator? What does he/she bring to the project?  Involve U.S. students, junior researchers  Prepare, mentor, and assess  Pay them: travel, living costs, and stipends  Include biosketch of key collaborator(s)  Include letter(s) of support from collaborator(s)  Utilize international expertise on your campus  International program office, others  Know and observe special rules  Fly America Act  Visa regulations  Consult OISE program officer early in process

20 OISE Thank You!

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