Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) - Iusstf
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Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
PIRE - Partnerships for International Research and Education is NSF's (National Science Foundation, USA) flagship international program to support high quality research and education projects across all disciplines. The program aims to leverage the resources of individual funding agencies towards advancement of knowledge and the individual efforts of research groups cutting across national boundaries. The merit of the proposal is ascertained in terms of distinct advancement of knowledge encompassing creativity, originality and transformational character and the competence of investigating team. Special emphasis is put on the collaborative element.
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is a program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, and promotes international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community which is essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. With this background, in 2014, the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory Body under the administrative control of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, entered into a formal understanding with NSF to partner for the PIRE program. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. 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 science and engineering workforce.
More information about the program can be accessed at
The program will be administered, on behalf of and in coordination with SERB, by Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF), Fulbright House, 12, Hailey Road, New Delhi - 110 001.
All areas of Science and Engineering are eligible for support. It may be noted that NSF doesn’t support medical research, hence, ‘medicine’ is excluded from the scope of this call.
Individual scientists and research groups from academic institutions, research laboratories and stand-alone / non-profit R&D institutions, which are otherwise eligible for normal DST / SERB grants, are eligible for support under PIRE programme. Normally, such institutions should be running PhD level programmes during the preceding five years.
Nature of Support
The funding under the PIRE grants will be provided under the budget heads applicable for regular DST / SERB grants, namely, manpower, equipment, consumables, travel, contingency and institute overheads. The extent of head-wise allocation as well as any special requirement will be considered on case-to case basis.
Mode of Application
The Indian applicant(s) have to apply through their US collaborator(s) by way of a complete and composite application, including the portion of Indian partner(s)] directly to NSF. Applicants should visit the NSF website for detailed information on PIRE and corresponding application guidelines.
No separate application needs to be submitted to SERB / IUSSTF. As per the arrangement, SERB / IUSSTF will have access to all applications and other relevant documentation, which involve an Indian partner, directly through NSF.
It is suggested that applicants take necessary administrative approval(s) from their parent institutes, while applying for the PIRE grant, appropriately. SERB will need an explicit undertaking from the host institution for implementing the grant, for which the applicant(s) will be notified later.SERB / IUSSTF will separately and/or individually notify if any additional information or documentation is required from the applicant(s).
Under the 2014 call - “GROWTH - Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen”, an international collaborative network of astronomers and telescopes dedicated to the study of short lived cosmic transients was selected for award. The Lead PI of this project is Dr. G. C. Anupama, Professor, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore, Karnataka and Dr. A.N. Ramaprakash, Professor, Inter- University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune and Dr. Varun Bhalerao, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay are the Co-PI. GROWTH is poised to discover many fast transients with the advent of the next generation of wide-field synoptic imaging with the Zwicky Transient Facility (2017) and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (2022). The timely characterization provided by GROWTH will be vital to realizing the scientific value provided by these discoveries. The GROWTH network will provide students and postdocs with an excellent environment for collaboration with international partners as well as for acquiring valuable skills in observational astronomy and data science.