EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grants provide
support for lasting improvements in a jurisdiction's academic research
infrastructure and increased national competitiveness. Each RII
grant runs for up to 60 months and provides up to $20 million to
support infrastructure improvements in science and technology (S&T)
areas chosen by the applying jurisdiction's EPSCoR governing committee
as being critical to future R&D competitiveness. Jurisdictions with current RII grants are not eligible
to receive a second such award during the 60 month period
following the effective date of the current award.
Before applying for an RII grant, the following conditions must
- The jurisdiction must be EPSCoR-eligible for the RII program.
- An EPSCoR governing committee must have been formed.
- An EPSCoR Planning Grant must have been applied for, awarded, and
IMPORTANT: An RII grant is NOT an appropriate mechanism for supporting
individual faculty research projects.
Requests for such support should be directed to NSF's regular research grant programs. Also,
since EPSCoR investments are designed to enhance the competitiveness
of a jurisdiction or institution, it is expected that equipment
purchased with EPSCoR funds will remain in the jurisdiction, even
if a principal investigator transfers to another State.
The deadline for proposals for RII competition is 5PM, LOCAL TIME
For further information, including examples of infrastructure improvements,
guidelines on eligible activities, budget guidelines, and proposal
preparation information, see the EPSCoR Program Solicitation.