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NSF IRES grants offer science and engineering research experiences abroad

NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering provides international research and education experiences for U.S. students and junior researchers through its International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program. CALS currently has two IRES programs — one based in Bacteriology (Jon Roll – www.bact.wisc.edu/ires/), the other in Plant Pathology (Caitilyn Allen) – http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0623583. A synopsis of the program follows. See the full announcement at www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831&from=fund

NSF Synopsis: In response to a world in which science and engineering are increasingly global in scope, NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) has restructured its programs. One of the focal areas of OISE activity will be providing international research and education experiences for U.S. students and junior researchers. This solicitation addresses opportunities for international research and education for early career stages of scientists and engineers, i.e., as undergraduates and graduate students.

For the United States to remain at the forefront of world science and technology, it needs an educated science and engineering workforce capable of operating in the international research environment and a global market. OISE programs complement and enhance the Foundation’s broader research and education portfolio and provide a set of programs designed to assist young scientists and engineers at several critical stages early in their careers. This solicitation describes support for International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) at the undergraduate and graduate level and support for Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP). The goal of these activities, and the related activities described below, is to build a more inclusive and globally-engaged workforce that fully reflects the strength of our diverse population./p>

In addition to the activities described in this solicitation, the Office of International Science and Engineering supports other targeted international research and education experiences for early-career scientists and engineers via the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students, the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes (for advanced graduate students and post-doctoral fellows), and the International Research Fellowship Program (for post-doctoral fellows or new faculty). More information is provided below in Section IX. Other Programs of Interest.

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