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EPSCoR - Co-Funding Mechanisms

Co-funding Objectives:

To accelerate the movement of EPSCoR researchers and institutions into the mainstream of NSF support, EPSCoR Co-funding is available to provide joint support for certain meritorious proposals submitted to NSF’s research, education and cross-cutting competitions. The objectives of the EPSCoR Co-funding mechanism are:

  • To increase the number and competitiveness of EPSCoR jurisdiction investigators and institutions who participate in NSF research, technology, and education programs;
  • To increase the participation of EPSCoR jurisdiction researchers and institutions in regional alliances and national collaborations;
  • To broaden participation in science and engineering by institutions, organizations and people within and among EPSCoR jurisdictions.

Co-funding Mechanism:

Co-funding is not a program to which proposals can be submitted. Instead, it is a funding mechanism that operates internally within NSF and does not involve any action on the part of the proposer. The EPSCoR Co-funding mechanism focuses on those "Fund-if-Possible" proposals, which the NSF merit review process finds to lie at or near the cutoff for funding by the programs to which they were submitted. EPSCoR co-funds meritorious proposals that would otherwise not be supported due to availability of funds or other overriding program priorities.

For such proposals, the managing Program Officer first decides whether to make an award recommendation and the amount and duration to be recommended for the award. The decision to recommend an award or declination rests with the managing program. Once these decisions are made, a request for partial support via EPSCoR Co-funding can be forwarded to the EPSCoR for consideration. NSF EPSCoR Co-funding Mechanism is dependent on the number and quality of proposals submitted from EPSCoR jurisdictions and the availability of EPSCoR funds for Co-funding.

Proposal characteristics that will enhance the likelihood of EPSCoR co-funding are: (a) researchers who have not previously received NSF awards or researchers whose awards ended three or more years ago; (b) requests reflecting collaborative efforts within and across participating jurisdictions and at regional, national and/or international levels; (c) projects submitted to cross-discipline or cross-directorate programs; (d) projects that are synergistic with NSF investment and funding priorities in the current fiscal year; (e) projects that increase participation of members of underrepresented groups and/or institutions; (f) requests for instrumentation that build research capacity at the institutional or jurisdictional level; (g) student programs that will significantly enhance institutional research capability and competitiveness or provide training opportunities for K-12 students and professional development for K-12 teachers; and (h) programs that exemplify NSF’s commitment to the integration of research and education.  

Note on Award Transfer:? EPSCoR funds need to be expended in EPSCoR institutions.? If a Principal Investigator (PI) with an EPSCoR co-funded award transfers to a non-EPSCoR institution, the EPSCoR co-funding amount (or a part of it that remains unobligated at the time of PI transfer) cannot be transferred to the non-EPSCoR institution.

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