Career Development Opportunities and Grants

An interesting opportunity from the NSF in international collaboration.


New guidelines have been issued for the Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC) program. This program is designed to promote professional development of US Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) researchers and to advance their research through international engagement. Support of international activities is an integral part of NSF's mission to sustain and strengthen the nation's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) capabilities.


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. Award duration (up to 12 months) and budget (up to $75,000) are expected to vary considerably depending on the scope of activities proposed. Due dates are as follows: January 22, 2014, April 22, 2014, July 22, 2014, and October 22, 2014 (and annually on these dates thereafter). 


For the guidelines please click here for program FQAs please click here.




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