NSF - EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) (NSF 21-518)

Brief Synopsis from Sponsor: The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness. Kentucky is an eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction. 

RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two EPSCoR eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to address challenges, which neither party could address as well or rapidly independently. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of diverse individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. 

Please read full opportunity linked above before submitting your application. 

Sponsor Funding: $1 million (2 EPSCoR jurisdictions) to $1.5 million (3 or more EPSCoR jurisdictions) per year for up to four years. 

Be aware: There is a limit of a single proposal from each submitting organization. UofL will decide which to submit via an internal application process determined by peer review. 

Anyone interested in submitting for this program must first submit an internal application to , with copy to the applicable research dean, by 5 p.m. on the date listed above, including the following materials: 

  • A summary of the proposal (maximum two pages); 

  • A paragraph describing why you would be the most competitive candidate for this program; 

  • Your current curriculum vitae; 

  • A cover page that contains: 

  • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal; 

  • Your name, position, and UofL office contact information; 

  • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if applicable). 

Reviewers will judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put forward competitive internal proposals. Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria as well as the UofL strategic goals. 

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to  by the internal deadline listed above. 

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