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NSF: EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) NSF 18-502

The Office of the Vice President for Research is conducting a limited submission competition for the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC). There is a limit of one proposal from each submitting organization.

RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to tackle those projects, which neither party could address as well or rapidly alone. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic 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). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. For FY 2018, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: "Understanding the relationship between genome and phenome.”

Each proposal must have at least one collaborator from an academic institution or organization in a different RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction as a co-PI. Allowable RII Track-2 FEC award amounts depend on the number of participating EPSCoR jurisdictions. If two R-II eligible jurisdiction collaborate on a proposal, the award amount may not exceed $1 million per year; if it is three jurisdictions, the award amount may not exceed $1.5 million per year. An investigator may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only one RII Track-2 award at any given time.

The internal deadline for this competition will be November 6, 2017. (The NSF LOI deadline is November 27, 2017; the full proposal is due January 26, 2018.) Interested applicants must submit the following to the internal competition:

• Project Summary (1 page): Provide an overview, which briefly describes: the vision and goals of the collaboration; a statement of the objectives and methods to be employed; expected impacts of the proposed activities; and plans for sustaining collaborations and impacts beyond the award period.
• Project Description (2 pages): Provide a brief description of the proposed activities, and how they meet the specific call for this year’s proposal that seek to understand the complex, multi-level relationships between the genotype and the phenome.
• Biosketch: An NSF-formatted biosketch for all Co-PIs.

Please send a standard NIH formatted biosketch and a two page abstract via email to Beth Herron ( by 5pm on November 6, 2017.

For the full RFP, please see:

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