NSF Student Grants for International Research Experiences-Deadline August 21, 2012
The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks applications for its International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any area of research funded by the NSF. The deadline is August 21, 2012.
NSF accepts IRES proposals from U.S.-based academic research institutions, professional societies, or consortia. However, foreign researchers provide the primary research mentorship, but the U.S.-based Principal Investigator (PI) recruits and prepares the U.S. student participants.
IRES proposals must have a unifying research theme that enables a “cohort” experience for participating students. The IRES cohort concept requires that within each IRES project, each participating student must have an individual research project for which he/she is responsible, but these individual projects must also be coordinated to address a unifying research theme. NSF support for these projects runs for three years that will involve support for three separate student cohorts during that time.
NSF anticipates making approximately 12 IRES awards FY 2013, pending quality of proposals and availability of the $2.25 million the agency expects to spend on the program.
The agency recommends that prospective applicants examine an OISE workshop report entitled “Looking Beyond the Borders: A Project Director’s Handbook of Best Practices for International Research Experiences for Undergraduates.”