Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Andreas Schroeder, Physics

Program Summary

Program Summary

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.

The estimated number of awards is 8 to 12, pending the availability of funds. Anticipated funding amount is $8,000,000 to $12,000,000 annually, for all awards, pending the availability of funds; the average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years.

Application Limits

Application Limits

UIC may submit one preliminary proposal as the lead institution. There is no limit on the number of proposals on which UIC can participate as a partner.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
July 15, 2016
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
September 14, 2016 (Preliminary Proposal - full by invitation)
Sponsor Application
April 24, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Tony Halford at or 6-7036 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.