EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:  (RII Track-1) NSF Wide Programs

Name Email Phone Room
Jeanne  Small jsmall@nsf.gov (703) 292-8623   
Timothy  M. VanReken tvanreke@nsf.gov (703) 292-7378   
Jose  Colom-Ustariz jcolom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7088   
Andrea  Johnson andjohns@nsf.gov (703) 292-5164   
Ann  E. Stapleton astaplet@nsf.gov (703) 292-7231   
JD  Swanson jswanson@nsf.gov (703) 292-2898   
Chinonye  Nnakwe Whitley cwhitley@nsf.gov (703) 292-8458   


Solicitation  20-571

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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. Jurisdictions are eligible to participate in the NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program (RII) based on their level of NSF research support averaged over three years (see RII eligibility). Through this program, NSF facilitates the establishment of partnerships among 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.

Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 (RII Track-1) awards provide up to $20 million total over five years to support research-driven improvements to jurisdictions’ physical and cyber infrastructure and human capital development in topical areas selected by the jurisdiction's EPSCoR steering committee as having the best potential to improve future R&D competitiveness. The project’s research activities must align with the specific research priorities identified in the submitting jurisdiction’s approved Science and Technology (S&T) Plan. Refer to Sections II and V.A.4.1 below for more information on alignment of the research activities of the project with the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research priorities of the S&T Plan.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program