Program Number: 28091
Title: International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
SYNOPSIS: The International Research Experiences for Students
(IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program.
Established Date: 04/09/2012
Follow-Up Date: 05/01/2015
Review Date: 07/24/2014
Contact: Maija M. Kukla
Address: Office of International Science and Engineering
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Program URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12551/nsf12551.htm
Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: No
Award Type(s): Research Grants/R & D
Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Locations Tenable: Any/No Restrictions
Appl Type(s): Colleges/Universities
Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $0 SEEBELOW
Duration: 3 YEAR(s)
Indirect Costs: Unspecified
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: NONE
Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS
OBJECTIVES: Because IRES requires high-quality research within the discipline of an IRES project, an IRES project will often enable students to work within an established collaboration between a U.S.-based research group and a foreign collaborating research group (for example, an existing lab-to-lab arrangement). However, IRES projects may also be proposed by the U.S.-based PI(s) for new foreign collaborations. In all cases, the IRES students will be recruited and prepared by the U.S. PI(s), then travel to the foreign site to conduct research under the direct supervision of the foreign research mentors. 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. To provide the best cohort experience, and to simplify logistical burdens, it is advised that all students supported by a given IRES project will go to the same foreign location at the same time, even though each student may have individual research project responsibility and individual foreign research mentorship. If students are to be hosted at more than one location, it is expected that there is a common scientific theme across locations, and the proposal should include a plan for all participants to be together at one of the foreign locations at least once during the stay. IRES support is supplied for projects of three years’ duration, and is expected to support three separate student cohorts during those three years. IRES projects should give as many students as feasible, within budgetary and project constraints, the opportunity for a meaningful research experience abroad. Projects which include fewer than four U.S. students per year, or whose annual duration of research conducted abroad is less than four weeks, should be justified by exceptional conditions or circumstances. Longer duration projects, and/or those involving more students, are generally preferable to shorter duration projects with fewer students. A typical IRES project supports 5 students per year for a summer-length research experience abroad, but the actual number of students, length of time abroad, and time of year spent abroad, may vary from IRES project to IRES project.
Proposals may only be submitted by the following: Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions; and 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. There is a limit of one proposal per year per individual serving as either PI or co-PI.
Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the quality of proposals and availability of funds. It is expected that NSF will support approximately 12 awards in FY 2013. Source: Grants.gov (04/09/12).