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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs to Engage
Students in Science and Engineering Research

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

09/28/21 - for Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes.

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and IHEs for collaborative science and engineering research activities. Funding is intended to engage undergraduate and graduate students in high-level, collaborative, multidisciplinary scientific and engineering research, in order to train the next generation of research leaders.

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international 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 and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

The overarching, long-term goal of the IRES program is to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness through training the next generation of research leaders.

This solicitation features two mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal.

  1. IRES - Track I: IRES Sites (IS) projects engage a group of undergraduate and/or graduate students in active high-quality collaborative research, in principle at an international site with mentorship from researchers at a host lab. IRES Sites must be organized around a coherent intellectual theme that may involve a single discipline or multiple disciplines funded by NSF.
  2. IRES - Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI) are intensive short courses with related activities that engage advanced graduate students in active learning and research at the frontiers of knowledge. ASIs typically range in length from ten to twenty-one days and, in principle, must be held outside the United States. ASIs must have a compelling rationale for their international location and should involve distinguished active researchers in the target field from the U.S. and abroad. ASIs should enable students to develop skills and broaden professional networks, leveraging international participation and complementary resources (expertise, facilities, data, field site, etc.) for mutual benefit.

For all IRES proposals, PIs are strongly encouraged to outline virtual, hybrid or other alternative approaches to strengthen and maintain international collaboration in the event travel is not undertaken, and/or in addition to travel. It is expected that these approaches will extend collaboration beyond the actual international trip and strengthen IRES proposals overall.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174400

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

Track I: Approximately 5-7 awards will be made in FY 2021; Track II: Approximately 5-7 awards will be made in FY 2021.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Track I: IRES Sites
- Up to $300,000; up to $400,000 in exceptional circumstances

Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes
- As needed and appropriate. Average is $150,000 per ASI. Not to exceed $400,000 for 3 years.

Term of Contract:

Typical Activity Duration/Award Duration

- Track I: IRES Sites (IS): 6-10 weeks per year, award for 3 years

- Track II: Advanced Studies Institutes (ASI): 1-3 weeks per event; award for up to 3 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.

- Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IRES program per annual competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via FastLane, Research.gov, or Grants.gov.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

- September 21, 2021; Third Tuesday in September, Annually Thereafter
Track - I: IRES Sites

- September 28, 2021; Fourth Tuesday in September, Annually Thereafter
Track - II: Advanced Studies Institutes

View the program announcement online: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20598/nsf20598.htm

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg20_1/index.jsp

FAQs: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20119/nsf20119.jsp

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328613

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Track I Contact:
Kleanthis Psarris
(703) 292-5048
kpsarris@nsf.gov

Track II Contact:
Fahmida N. Chowdhury
(703) 292-4672
fchowdhu@nsf.gov

CFDA Number:

47.041 --- Engineering / 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences / 47.050 --- Geosciences / 47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering / 47.074 --- Biological Sciences / 47.075 --- Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences / 47.076 --- Education and Human Resources / 47.079 --- Office of International Science and Engineering / 47.083 --- Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 20-598

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