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ERIC Number: ED563795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-20
Pages: 91
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
Evaluation of the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Program, Volume 1: Final Report
Martinez, Alina; Epstein, Carter; Parsad, Amanda
Abt Associates
The National Science Foundation contracted with Abt Associates to conduct an evaluation of its Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, which supports intellectually substantive collaborations between U.S. and foreign researchers in which the international partnership is essential to the research effort. The evaluation compared the research outcomes of PIRE and comparison group awards (i.e., projects) and personnel (Principal Investigators, postdoctoral and graduate student participants); compared participant experiences, especially collaborations with foreign investigators during and subsequent to the award period; examined the role of U.S. institutional policies and practices in the implementation of PIRE awards; and explored potential contributions to global societal challenges. Findings suggest that the PIRE program is fostering the global engagement of U.S. scientists and engineers with no loss of research productivity or quality relative to the comparison group. A quasi-experimental comparative interrupted time series analysis showed that PIRE increases postdoctoral researchers' and graduate students' research productivity and the citation impact of postdocs' publications. This is the first of three volumes of the final report for the Evaluation of NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. Volume 1 includes an Executive Summary, an overview of the PIRE program and the objectives of the evaluation, a brief explication of study methods, and main findings. [This report was written with assistance from Lisa Setrakian and Maureen Sarna. For volume 2 "Evaluation of the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Program, Volume 2: Supplementary Materials. Final Report," see ED563796. For volume 3, which contains separate reports of each survey, visit:]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc.; Thomson Reuters; Abt SRBI
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: GS10F0086K