Joint programs between the National Council on Science and Technology (Conacyt) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Partnership for International Research and Cooperation (PIRE).  The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. Through the PIRE program, there is a project called SOMBRERO (Synthesis of Optical Materials for Bioapplications: Research, Education, Recruitment and Outreach). It illustrates the type of collaboration that NSF and Conacyt fund.
  • Innovation Corps Teams Programs (I-Corps). Which aims to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.  
  • Engineering Research Centers.  The goal of the ERC Program is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security.

Additionally, in the following months, NSF and Conacyt are looking forward to expand their collaboration in mathematical sciences, chemistry, astronomy, geosciences, ocean sciences and in the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) program.

UNI Residents of Iowa Scholars of Excellence Award, UNI RISE

25 new students entering the Fall of 2016 will be awarded scholarships.  There will be 25 more new students each year, so eventually there will be a cohort of 100 scholars enrolled on campus.

To be eligible for the UNI RISE award, a student must:

  1. Be an Iowa resident entering UNI directly from high school.
  2. Have an ethnic or racial status of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
  3. Have an ACT composite score of 23 or higher, or SAT combined CR+M of 1070 or higher (Students who do not meet the ACT or SAT score may be considered if they have a Regents Admissions Index (RAI) score of 290 or higher).
  4. Demonstrated involvement in activities outside of the classroom, which could include community service, and display leadership or potential for future leadership.
  5. Apply for admission and submit the UNI Scholarship Application by January 15.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA, and/or first-generation students.

  • The UNI RISE award has a value of to $18,000 over 4 years:  $16,000 = $4,000 per year, renewable for a total of 4 years by maintaining full-time, consecutive enrollment at UNI, a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • $2,000 = to be applied towards summer tuition during one summer term at UNI (at the summer 2015 rate, this would approximately cover 6 credit hours in one summer term). The summer would be optional for students, and could be used for summer study abroad.
  • This award is “stackable” and could be combined with other UNI gift aid received, including the Distinguished Scholars Award (DSA) and the MSA (Multicultural Scholars Award), which are awarded upon admission.

Recipients will be required to participate in the Jump Start program, will be assigned a specific financial aid counselor (so they have an individual point of contact when it comes to scholarship or financial aid concerns). and will have lunch or dinner with President Ruud and/or Provost Wohlpart once a year.

Rotary District 5970* - Rotary Global Scholarship Award 

This scholarship is for students pursuing a graduate degree. The amount of the award will be a minimum of $30,000 but may be more depending on the applicant and school chosen. The student may choose any college they wish worldwide outside of their home country. More than one scholarship may be awarded.

For more information and online application follow this link:

*Rotary District 5970 covers nearly all the northern half of Iowa. If you live outside this area contact your local Rotary Club or Rotary District to find out about scholarship opportunities in your area. Use a club finder here: