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About About NSF PIRE

The Program in Cognitive and Computational Systems (PICCS) is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through a PIRE grant. These grants are intended to expose American students to world-class research and education taking place outside the US, so that they can incorporate a more diverse range of perspectives into their own work.

The PICCS award, in particular, was intended to develop a multilateral international neuroscience collaboration of Georgetown and Howard Universities with several European laboratories of high scientific caliber. The primary goal of the project is to make Washington, DC the hub for a transatlantic program in cognitive neuroscience research and graduate education. From the NSF website:

The Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community by supporting innovative, international research and education collaborations. The program will enable U.S. scientists and engineers to establish collaborative relationships with international colleagues in order to advance new knowledge and discoveries at the frontiers of science and engineering and to promote the development of a diverse, globally-engaged U.S. scientific and engineering workforce. International partnerships are, and will be, increasingly indispensable in addressing many critical science and engineering problems. As science and engineering discoveries result more and more from international collaboration, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams comprised of partners from different nations and cultural backgrounds. The PIRE program will support bold, forward-looking research whose successful outcome results from all partners—U.S. and foreign—providing unique contributions to the research endeavor. It is also intended to facilitate greater student preparation for and participation in international research collaboration, and to contribute to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering workforce. The program aims to support partnerships that will strengthen the capacity of institutions, multi-institutional consortia, and networks to engage in and benefit from international research and education collaborations.


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