NSF Offers Funds for Starting International Collaborations

NSF Offers Funds for Starting International Collaborations

Feb 06, 2013

If you are interested in starting a project with a researcher in another country, check out the National Science Foundation’s Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC) grant program: NSF 12-573  and the associated frequently asked questions.

CNIC supports U.S. scientists, engineers and educators who want to work with investigators in any country where the U.S. State Department allows travel.  NSF especially encourages partnerships that make possible new avenues of inquiry for the proposer. 

Funded activities include research planning visits and initial data gathering.  The average award for the program is expected to be about $50,000, with 30-40 awards made annually. 

Interested applicants should provide a brief description of proposed activities (one page max) to an appropriate Disciplinary Program Officer or the CNIC Program Director who will advise if the proposed international collaboration  should be submitted to CNIC or to other existing NSF programs. 

While there’s no application deadline, CNIC proposals should be submitted at least nine months before the start of the proposed work.

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