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Funding Opportunities from NSF

Catalyzing New International Collaborations

"The CNIC program will support US researchers' participation in activities intended to catalyze new international collaborations designed to open up new scientific directions for the proposer. These include, but are not limited to: research planning visits, initial data gathering activities, proof-of-concept, single or multiple visits within a maximum 12-month time period to plan a new international research collaboration, or exploratory workshops designed to bring together US and non-US-based researchers representing several institutions and focused on a topic specified in the Project Description. Generally, CNIC-supported workshops will include between 10-25 individuals, of whom roughly half will be from the US, and are usually expected to take place abroad. However, in special circumstances, they may take place within the US if they include substantial international participation and are held for the purpose of establishing new international collaborations.

The community is invited to propose innovative mechanisms and strategies for catalyzing new international collaborations with the goal of reaching the stage that competitive follow-on full research proposals can be submitted to other specified and relevant NSF programs, for continuing support of the project. Such follow-on proposals may be submitted to any appropriate and active NSF core program. Other well-justified activities that fulfill the goal of the program will be considered. Creative use of technology in promoting international research collaboration is encouraged. Of particular interest are projects which represent new, previously unfunded scientific areas for the principal investigator, or areas in which preliminary data is needed for establishing a proof-of-concept of the collaborative work. CNIC is not intended to provide support for continuation of established collaborations or for complete or self-contained research projects. Proposers are encouraged to request support for bringing undergraduate or graduate students and early-career postdoctoral researchers on proposed visits abroad, but the proposer(s) must participate in the catalyzing activity abroad in person and on-site. "

View the NSF program solicitation.

Deadlines: January 22, April 22, July 22, October 22, 2014