OSP FO# 11-180

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)

PROGRAM: International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with scientists, technologists and engineers abroad. These awards are available in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF. Applicants are encouraged to consider any site that will provide a unique and beneficial research experience.

Support may be requested for residence abroad for nine to 24 months (minimum of nine continuous months). The applicant may also request that a portion of the 24-months include a period of re-entry back in the United States. This re-entry period must consist of a research experience relevant to the foreign fellowship period. Any re-entry component must be submitted with the original research proposal, and cannot be requested later. The re-entry component is reviewed along with the foreign component. The re-entry component must be of a duration equal to or less than that of the foreign period. The foreign period must be taken first, the re-entry last. Awardees are expected to work full time on their research projects.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Recipients of previous International Research Fellowship Program awards are not eligible. Applicants may submit only one fellowship application per program year.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents as of the application deadline. Applicants who are permanent residents of the United States may not request a host site in their country of origin. Additionally, applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. within two years of the application deadline or expect to receive the doctoral degree by the start of the project. Under this program research must be conducted at appropriate institutions of higher education, industrial research institutions/laboratories, government research institutes/laboratories/centers, nonprofit research organizations, and foreign centers of excellence located outside of the United States.

DEADLINE: September 13, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF anticipates providing $3.5 million each year and expects to award approximately 30 to 35 fellowships. Awards in recent years have ranged in size from $57,000 to $200,000, depending on location of host site, cost of research project, duration and number of dependents. No indirect costs will be provided to the U.S. institution.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Susan L. Parris, Program Manager
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 935 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8711
Fax: (703) 292-9067
Email: sparris@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06582/nsf06582.html

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted using the Postdoctoral Fellowships module of FastLane, NSF’s web-based system for proposal submission and review. FastLane can be accessed at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 06-582 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.