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International Science and Engineering (OISE)

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To enable the U.S. research community to maintain its excellence in science, engineering, and leadership within the global scientific community by strengthening international partnerships that foster the advancement of scientific discovery and thereby contribute to the continued scientific strength and welfare of the Nation; to promote research excellence through international collaboration; to develop a diverse, globally engaged U.S. science and engineering workforce by providing U.S. students and junior faculty with international research and education experience. The research supported is basic in character. The program includes support of international research and education projects that are innovative and catalytic. OISE programs are designed to complement and enhance the Foundation's research and education portfolio and to overcome barriers involved in international collaboration. Grants are made in all the disciplinary fields supported by NSF. Support is provided for international collaborative research; research workshops and planning visits; activities that will develop the next generation of U.S. scientists and engineers such as graduate traineeships, postdoctoral fellowships, special opportunities for junior faculty for research support, and dissertation enhancements; and for U.S. Government support to key multilateral organizations to enable U.S. scientists to participate in such global efforts. Support is also provided for undergraduate student international research and education experiences, and for research opportunities for women, minorities, and disabled scientists and engineers.

Funding obligations:

(Grants) FY 07 $40,360,000; FY 08 est $41,340,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

International cooperative scientific activities provide funds for U.S. scientists and engineers to carry out studies abroad, to conduct research, to engage in joint research projects with foreign counterpart organizations, and to support international workshops focused on well-defined scientific opportunities in the United States and abroad; travel must be on U.S. flag carriers. In some programs, support is provided by paying costs necessary to conduct research, such as salaries, equipment, supplies, travel, publications, and other direct and indirect costs. Primary responsibility for general supervision of all grant activities rests with the grantee institution; the project director or principal investigator is responsible for the execution of the research activities. Grants are made on a competitive basis. For all programs, funds may not be used for purposes other than those specified in the proposal.

Examples of Funded Projects:

'The Consortium of the Americas for Interdisciplinary Sciences: Present-day Kinematics and Dynamics of the Eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus;' 'US-Africa Planning Visit: Collaborations in Cultural Astronomy;' 'NSF East Asia Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students;' 'US-Africa Planning Visit: Undergraduate Engineering Research in Ghana and Kenya'; US-France (INRIA) Cooperative Research: Symbolic and Numerical Methods for Geometric Modeling.

Program Accomplishments:

In FY 2006, 713 competitive proposals were received and 320 awards were made. In FY 2007, 778 proposals were received and 355 awards were made. In FY 2008 approximately 875 competitive proposals are expected to be received and about 350 awards made.

Types of Assistance:

Project Grants.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$500 to $2,000,000; $40,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Up to 5 years.

Applicant Eligibility:

Public and private colleges and universities; Non-profit, non-academic organizations; For-profit organizations; State and Local Governments; and unaffiliated scientists under special circumstances. See the Grant Proposal Guide for a full description of eligibility requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

See the Grant Proposal Guide, Section I.E. for a full description of eligibility requirements.

Award Procedure:

NSF staff members review and evaluate all proposals. To assist them, they usually obtain the advice of scientists and engineers who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Proposals are supported on the basis of merit to the extent permitted by available funds.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 935, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703) 292-8710. .

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