Committee on International Research and Education (CIRE)

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Committee on International Research and Education (CIRE) traces its beginning to 1992 when the Ad Hoc Committee to Study ASA-Eastern Europe Cooperation was appointed with the purpose to assist acousticians in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to survive the severe economic and political changes then under way. Other ASA committees were appointed over the years with similar purposes culminating in the establishment of the CIRE in 2006.

The CIRE mission is to seek ways to enhance the role of the Acoustical Society of America in international research and education in acoustics. CIRE’s emphasis is on developing countries. Visit the CIRE history webpage for additional information about ASA’s efforts to support this goal.

The CIRE supports the following initiatives

  • International Student Grants
  • Specialty Symposia in Acoustics Funding
  • ICA-ASA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants


International Student Grants

The ASA provides grants of $750 USD to students enrolled in acoustic research programs at major universities or technical institutes in developing countries. Preference will be given to individuals from developing countries in this list. Applications will be considered during the fall meeting of the CIRE and the awards will be made in the spring of the following year.

The International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV) has been cooperating with the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) since the year 2000 by contributing additional funding to the student grant program.

How to apply: 

Submit a completed application form by email to Elaine Moran, ASA Office Manager, All required fields are highlighted in red in the form.  Use version 11 of Adobe Reader  or Adobe Pro in order for all features of the form to work correctly. Please also see an example of a completed form for further instructions.

Application Deadline:  1 October


Specialty Symposia in Acoustics Funding

ASA has joined with the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA) to provide funding for Specialty Symposia in Acoustics in developing countries. Sponsored conferences are normally limited to a specialized topic with an expected attendance of about 100. Support for regional or national conferences, especially in developing regions, will be considered as long as the conference has an international character.

Financial support of approximately $2000 USD is provided to partially cover travel expenses for Distinguished Speakers, Young Scientists, and especially for Scientists from Developing Countries.

How to apply:

Visit the ICA Symposia Sponsorship website for additional information and an application form. Completed applications should be submitted by email to the ICA Secretary General at

Application Deadline:  31 October of the year before the symposium will be held.


ICA-ASA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants (YS Grants)

The Board of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA) with the support of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) has established the ICA-ASA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants (YS Grants) Programme to help young acousticians attend International Congresses on Acoustics.

Each grant is currently up to 500 EUR from which a portion will be used to cover the congress registration fee and the remainder provided at the time of the congress. Candidates must be under 35 years of age on the day of the opening ceremony of the congress and may be either undergraduate or postgraduate students, postdoctoral or young acousticians. Special attention will be given to applicants from developing countries.


How to Apply:

Visit the ICA webpage for an Application Form.

Application Deadline:  The application deadline is typically about six months prior to the next congress. Visit the ICA webpage for additional details.