Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

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Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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.

International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF. 

Program Contacts

For questions about proposals within specific disciplines, contact one of the following Program Officers:

  • Biological Sciences 
    - Sally O’Connor –, (703) 292-4552
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering  
    -  Jun (Luke) Huan -, (703) 292-7242
  • Education and Human Resources 
    -  Richard Tankersley -, (703) 292-5199
  • Engineering 
    - Richard Frazaszy -, (703) 292-7011; and Eyad Abed -, (703) 292-5388 
  • Geosciences 
    - Maria Uhle -, (703) 292-2250; or
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences 
    - Harshal Gupta -, (703) 292-5039
  • Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences  
    - Colleen Fitzgerald -, (703) 292-4381

For questions regarding co-funding opportunities with external agencies, use the following contacts:

  • Brazil:
    • The Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo (FAPESP), Bruna Musa,
  • China:
    • Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Lian Jiacan,
  • Czech Republic
    • Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS), Maria Krausova,
    • Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR), Petr Matolín,
  • France: 
  • Germany:
  • India:
    • Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB): Rajiv Kumar Tayal,
  • Ireland:
    • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI): Aisling McEvoy,
  • Italy:
  • Japan:
  • Republic of Korea:
  • Mexico:
    • Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT): Héctor Sámano Rocha,
  • Norway:
    • Research Council of Norway (RCN): Berit Johne,
  • Poland:
  • Russia:
  • Spain:
    • Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO): David González Martínez,
  • Switzerland:
  • Taiwan:
    • Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan: Jennifer Hu,, (886) 2-2737-7560
  • Turkey:
  • USA:
    • US Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Program (PEER Science): Annica Wayman,
Cassandra M. Dudka (703) 292-7250
Maija M. Kukla (703) 292-4940 OD/OISE
Steven Burch (703) 292-7226

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