National Science Foundation (NSF): East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) and Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an 'independent (USA) Federal agency created by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950'. (National Science Foundation Guide-Introduction: NSF 14-1 February 2014). The Act proposed, amongst other areas, that the NSF was to promote scientific progress and is unique in that it is responsible for all aspects of science and engineering disciplines in addition to the supply of those responsible for research and education.
Funding is considered for science and engineering disciplines (including Biomedical Engineering) amongst colleges, universities, school, business and informal scientific organisations based in the United States of America. The Foundation supports cooperative research between universities and industry as well as US participation in international science and engineering research work.
There are several international programs, including EAPSI and GROW, which incorporate opportunities for Masters or PhD students from the United States to undertake short-to-mid-term exchange in Australia.
EAPSI (East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes) for US Graduate Students
With an expectation of future professional collaboration with foreign counterparts, the EAPSI program provides for US Graduate students in science, engineering and education to undertake first hand research; be introduced to science, science policy and scientific structure of the location; and orientation to the society, culture and language of a host country within East Asia and the Pacific region. Eligible students must be US Citizens or permanent residents and are required to be enrolled in Masters or PhD research oriented programs, or have completed the undergraduate component of a Bachelor/Master Degree program. Australian scientists may not apply directly for funding from the EAPSI program on behalf of the eligible US citizen student; however they should make their current or potential US partner investigators aware of the program and encourage them to include Australian research collaborations in their applications.
The NSF collaborates with selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies, to sponsor specific international research institutes and awards grants to US Graduate students enabling study within Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. Study periods are between June and August each year with the typical Australian duration being eight weeks. Students apply individually to a Summer Institute and propose host locations, host scientist, research project applicable to the host site and duration of visit prior to submitting their application for an Award. The Australian partner up to and including 2014 is Australian Academy of Science which is supported by the Federal Dept of Education.
The NSF EAPSI program has defined fields of study and further information can be located within the EAPSI information document under the title "Catalogue for Federal Domestic Assistance" (https://www.cfda.gov/)
Proposals for awards need to be completed by the respective Graduate Student once study criteria as above have been met. Proposals are submitted online by either the FastLane website or Grants website
GROW (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide)
With the globalisation of research excellence, international research experience is an integral part of outstanding graduate education. GROW provides NSF Graduate Research Fellows with increased opportunity to further their professional development via research collaboration at top-calibre science and engineering research sites overseas. Opportunities have recently opened in Australia, Brazil, Chile, India, Ireland, The Netherlands and Switzerland in addition to Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Korea, Norway, Singapore and Sweden.
Australian partnership with the program is Universities Australia and Australian universities associated with this group are eligible for collaborative research. The duration of research is between three and twelve months.
Eligibility for the GROW program is restricted to active awardees of the NSF GRFP (Graduate Research Fellowship Program) who are within five years of their Fellowship term. Prospective applicants must be enrolled at US institutions and be Masters or PhD seeking Fellows who have completed one year of their academic program. The NSF GRFP awardees must be US graduate students. Australian scientists may not apply directly for funding from the GROW program on behalf of the eligible active awardee of the NSF GRFP (Graduate Research Fellowship Program student; however they should make their current or potential US partner investigators aware of the program and encourage them to include Australian research collaborations in their applications.
The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) – Australia website notes that 'support of A$2,500 per month for accommodation and basic living expenses is provided'. The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) – Australia website also notes that 'all international students must have health insurance while in Australia. Health insurance can be provided by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance'. Specific information regarding the GROW program in Australia is available at the GROW Australia website
Proposals are submitted via the (GRFP) FastLane module
An Informal Guide for Australian Scientists || PDF
Please note: Australian scientists are not eligible for direct funding from these NSF programs, however to benefit from NSF funding they should:
- make their current or potential US partner investigators aware of these programs; and
- encourage the US partner investigator to include Australian research collaborations in their applications
NSF website: http://www.nsf.gov
For more detail, please refer to "Australia_2017_Handbook".
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