Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Thomas Theis, Institute for Environmental Science & Policy

Program Summary

Program Summary

PIRE is an NSF-wide program that supports fundamental, international research and education in physical, living, human, and engineered systems. PIRE awards enable research at the leading edge of science and engineering by facilitating partnerships with others nationally and internationally, by educating and preparing a diverse, world-class STEM workforce, and by fostering institutional capacity for international collaboration. This agenda is designed to encourage high-risk/high-reward activities and the pursuit of potentially transformative ideas. PIRE will promote cooperation among scientists and engineers from all nations, and will fund international collaborative activities through all areas of research supported by the NSF. NSF PIRE is also working with counterpart funding agencies to lower barriers to international collaboration for U.S scientists, engineers and students, and to encourage jointly funded, bilateral and multilateral projects. A clear case must be made for how international collaborations are defining characteristics of the project. Educational impacts will factor into the proposal evaulation and applicants must demonstrate how projects would support a diverse, globally-engaged science and engineering worksforce.

This fifth round of the PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF (including Education research). Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

Estimated number of awards is 10-15 pending availability of funds. The average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years.

All prospective PIRE applicants can attend a webcast that will be held on July 29, 2014 between 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM (Eastern Time). The webcast will present additional NSF PIRE program officers. The PIRE webcast can be accessed at

Application Limits

Application Limits

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

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
August 8, 2014
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
October 21, 2014

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

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 be posted if necessary.

eLOI Form & Instructions

  1. Download the file directly to your computer or to a disk, right click on the link, then select "save link as" or "save target as" from the dropdown options.
  2. Open eLOI.
  3. Position the hand pointer inside a form field and click.
    • To accept the field change and go to the next field, press Tab or use your mouse to click on the next form field.
    • To accept the field change and go to the previous field, press Shift + Tab or use your mouse to click on the previous form field.
  4. Complete the form fields.
  5. After completing the form, click “Save” then click “Submit to”.

Letter of Intent (LOI): eLOI Form (Fillable PDF*)

*Please note:

  • Fields highlighted in red are required to successfully submit the form.
  • Do not print then submit scanned version of e-LOI via email.

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.