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

Name Email Phone Room
Kelvin  Chu (703) 292-7860  940  
Sean  C. Kennan (703) 292-7575  940  
Audrey  Levine (703) 292-7374  940  
Tim  M. VanReken (703) 292-7378  940  
Uma  D. Venkateswaran (703) 292-7732  940  


Solicitation  15-517

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide.  A jurisdiction is eligible to participate in EPSCoR programs if its level of NSF research support is equal to or less than 0.75 percent of the total NSF research and related activities budget for the most recent three-year period. 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.

RII Track-2 FEC builds inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in themes consistent with NSF priorities.  Projects are investigator-driven and must involve a collaborative team of investigators from at least two EPSCoR jurisdictions.  The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should specifically broaden participation through the inclusion and integration of different types of 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).

A single proposal is submitted for a project.  Support for non-lead collaborating institutions should be requested as subawards.  Separately submitted collaboratives are not allowed.  Each participating EPSCoR jurisdiction must have at least one co-PI on the project.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program