- National Science Foundation
- Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
- Program Planning
- Case Studies
IREP pilot tested an international travel program. NSF wanted information to guide the development of a new program to fund international student travel for scientific research and education.
The objective — encourage international partnerships to train future generations of scientists and engineers and strengthen collaborations with STCs’ international partners.
Students from NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC) traveled to eighteen countries. IREP students conducted research and studied with scientists and engineers, and the program strengthened collaborations with STCs’ international partners.
NSF contracted with Edu to guide program planning and evaluation. Edu advised the IREP leadership team on developing proposal guidelines and defining reporting requirements.
Edu, Inc. conducted the summative evaluation. The study assessed program implementation, examined student outcomes, and documented program impact. IREP students demonstrated gains in technical, communication, language, and culture skills. Students felt more competitive for future employment or study.
The program established new and strengthened existing international collaborations. Nearly half of IREP participants were women and one third were from ethnic and cultural minorities.