National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created in 1950 aiming to fund basic research in all fields of science and engineering, except for medical sciences.  NSF allocates about 7.5 billion dollars per year, which constitutes 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

PIRE (closed)

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. 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 2016 the NCN signed the Letter of Intent and became an official partner of the PIRE initiative.

Call documentation:

  1. PIRE call announcement
  2. Detailed information about PIRE
  3. NCN Panels and NSF Program Areas
  4. Eligibility criteria (UNISONO application)
  5. Eligible costs and the UNISONO application form

Under this call for proposals, applicants may submit projects involving basic research in subject areas included in the NCN Panels and NSF Program Areas, i.e.: Biological Sciences, Computer Sciences, ICT and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Environmental Research and Education, Geosciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

The proposal must be submitted by a project leader – a researcher affiliated in a U.S. academic institution, who can invite researchers for collaboration based in countries participating in the PIRE programme.

Researchers based in Polish Host Institutions should abide by the rules included in NCN Council Resolution no. 56/2016 (UNISONO).

A project's duration may be:  24, 36, 48 or 60 months.

Partners from other countries should follow the regulations specified by the appropriate funding institutions included in the PIRE call announcement.

The budget of the Polish part of the project should be calculated according to the NCN eligibility criteria. We strongly encourage applicants to read the information regarding remunerations in projects funded by the NCN (UNISONO, p. 2-5).  

The timetable for applications is:

  • Deadline for submitting preliminary proposals: September 14 2016
  • Shortlisted applicants to submit full proposals: April 24 2017

The budget for Polish research teams amounts to PLN 2 M.

At the full proposal stage, Polish applicants should submit the UNISONO application via the OSF submission system. The deadline is scheduled for the 25th of April 2017.

We invite all researchers who plan to apply under the PIRE call for proposals to contact the NCN.


dr Marcin Liana, tel. +48 12 341 9161

dr Magdalena Godowska, tel. +48 12 341 9016


dr Marcin Liana, tel. +48 12 341 9161

dr Magdalena Godowska, tel. +48 12 341 9016