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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Institutional Eligibility
Only colleges and universities located and accredited in the U.S.  This solicitation is limited to Texas A&M University
and the proposal will need to be submitted by the Texas A&M University Research Services (TAMU-Research Services).

Limit on Number of Preliminary Proposals
Eligible institutions may submit only one (1) preliminary proposal.

PI Eligibility
The Principal Investigator (PI) will be the director of the PIRE project. The PI is expected to provide intellectual leadership and be an essential participant in research and related educational activities. The PI will have overall responsibility for the administration of the award, for the management of the project, and for serving as the main point of contact with NSF.

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 nations 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 focus exclusively on the NSF-wide investment area of Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). The SEES effort focuses on interdisciplinary topics that will advance sustainability science, engineering and education as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future. Additional details are provided in the Summary of Program Requirements below.

Revision Summary

  1. Only Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES)-focused proposals will be considered.
  2. A single organization may submit only one preliminary proposal as the lead institution.
  3. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only.
  4. Eliminates limit on the number of proposals on which a PI, co-PI or other Senior Personnel may appear.
  5. Depending on research topic and country, additional funding for U.S. PIs or foreign collaborators may be available from these agencies: United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (MES); Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST); Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA); and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). See section II.D. for details.

August 12, 2011, 5:00 p.m.:
Deadline for an email of intent. Include the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

August 17, 2011, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit an internal pre-proposal.

All proposals submitted for the CPRIT Bridging the Gap: Early Translational Research Awards must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.


August 24, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

October 19, 2011: Deadline for the Full preliminary proposal, by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization