Eligibility to participate in the NSF EPSCoR program is based on
the level of NSF research funding. Each year, NSF EPSCoR
compiles summary data for the preceding three years of NSF research
funding by State. The data are reported by the NSF Office of Budget,
Finance and Award Management and listed on the NSF's Budget Internet
Twenty-eight states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S.
Virgin Islands are currently eligible to compete in various NSF EPSCoR program
opportunities. (See Investment Strategies for more information.) The states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii,
Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,
Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia,
and Wyoming. Data detailing the eligibility of each state, the District
of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Planning Grants (New Jurisdictions)
Proposals for EPSCoR planning grants may be considered from new EPSCoR eligible
jurisdictions. Here, a "new" EPSCoR eligible jurisdiction is defined as a State,
US Territory, or US Commonwealth that previously did not qualify via the
established 0.75% criterion, but is declared eligible under the most recent
publication of the annual NSF EPSCoR eligibility list. Planning grant
proposals can be submitted at any time following the preceding declaration of
Eligible jurisdictions may seek such planning support to formulate a
documented vision and implementation design for their research, education,
and innovation strategies. An expected outcome from any supported planning
activity is the submission of regular NSF proposals that combine capacity-building with
capability enhancement for addressing bold opportunities characterized by
regional relevance and national importance.
A jurisdiction wishing to submit a planning grant proposal must notify
NSF EPSCoR with a letter of intention to submit and then meet with NSF
EPSCoR officials to discuss the conceptual project, potential partners and estimated cost.
Depending on the outcome of these discussions, the jurisdiction may be invited to submit
an EPSCoR planning proposal, using NSF's grant proposal guidelines.
EPSCoR, on a case-by-case basis, may consider support for other types
of planning activities, e.g., EPSCoR workshops, conferences, and other
community based endeavors.