OIA's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Section



The FY 2021 RII Track-4 solicitation has been released (NSF 21-557). Please note, the solicitation was revised to include RII Track-4:FAST, a new pilot program in collaboration with NASA EPSCoR. For more information, please view the recorded webinar (Access Passcode: G90&C5?e). Closed captioning is available. NSF EPSCoR welcomes interested applicants to register for one or more of the following virtual office hour sessions:

Office Hour Dates, all times at 3:00PM ET

  • March 17, 2021
  • March 31, 2021
  • April 21, 2021

Please Submit questions in advance to cwhitley@nsf.gov. While real time captioning will be available, requests for additional accommodations may be sent to cwhitley@nsf.gov 14 days in advance. Please Register in advance for the office hours session.


A webinar was recently released for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Broadening Participation in STEM Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BPINNOVATE) Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), through which PI’s may submit proposals to the NSF's Science of Science program (PD 19-125Y) on this topic. The DCL is also supported by five allied programs including Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions Program (HSI), and the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) programs.  Proposals should be submitted by February 9, 2021.

Click on the links to access the webinar, the BPINNOVATE DCL, and the Science of Science program description.


The FY 2022 EPSCoR Eligibility Table is now available. Please note: this table applies to all EPSCoR competitions taking place in the next fiscal year, October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022. The current eligibility table applies to ongoing competitions in FY 2021.


The FY 2021 RII Track-2 solicitation has been released (NSF 21-518). The RII Track-2 webinar slides for the FY21 competition are now available.


EPSCoR has re-examined its eligibility methodology and is implementing changes to ensure that it is simple, transparent, fair, and stable. These changes incorporate stakeholder feedback and are supported by robust data analyses. The new eligibility table utilizing the improved methodology applies to the FY 2021 EPSCoR competitions. Please feel free to read and distribute this informational handout about the redefined NSF EPSCoR eligibility methodology. Additionally, slides from the informational webinar are also available.




EPSCoR enhances research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions (states, territories, commonwealth) by strengthening STEM capacity and capability.


EPSCoR envisions its jurisdictions as recognized contributors to the national and global STEM research enterprise.


  • Catalyze research capability across and among jurisdictions;
  • Establish STEM professional development pathways;
  • Broaden participation of diverse groups/institutions in STEM;
  • Effect engagement in STEM at national and global levels; and
  • Impact jurisdictional economic development.