UALR Internal Competition: NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) – NSF 16-571

Limited Submission: UALR Internal Competition Announcement

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 facilities development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

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

NSF only allows one preliminary proposal as the lead institution.  Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only.  There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as partner.

Detailed program information is available in the solicitation.


Contact if you have questions or comments about any aspect of the on-campus competition.

ORSP white paper submission deadline: July 12, 2016

Notification to those invited to submit: July 15, 2016

Deadline for draft proposal to ORSP for Hanover Review: August 17, 2016*

NSF submission deadline for preliminary proposals (required): September 14, 2016

NSF submission deadline for full proposal: April 24, 2017

White Paper Submission Requirements

Principal investigators must submit a single .pdf document of the white paper to Tammie Cash (, subject header “NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education – PIRE White Paper”) by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. The white paper should contain the following information:

Cover Page (1 page)

  • Title
  • PI name and contact information
  • Co-PI names and contact information

Project Summary (1 page)

Project Description (6 page maximum)

  • Administrative Summary (1 page maximum)
  • Research Summary (3 page maximum)
  • Education Summary (2 page maximum)

Please be sure to highlight your past experience in international partnerships in research and education.

References Cited

Required Information on Conflicts of Interests

NOTE: All white papers will be reviewed by an internal review committee appointed by the Vice Provost for Research. One proposal will be selected to move forward and will be announced by July 15, 2016.

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