EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)NSF 21-518
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.
For the FY 2021 RII Track FEC Competition, all proposals must promote collaborations among researchers in EPSCoR jurisdictions and emphasize the recruitment/development of diverse early career faculty and STEM education and workforce development on the single topic, “Advancing research towards Industries of the Future to ensure economic growth for EPSCoR jurisdictions.”
Inclusion of primarily undergraduate institutions and/or Minority Serving Institutions as partners is strongly encouraged.
Allowable RII Track-2 FEC award amounts depend on the number of participating EPSCoR jurisdictions.
If two R-II eligible jurisdictions 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 13, 2020. (The NSF LOI deadline is December 18, 2020, and the full proposal will be due January 25, 2021).
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 (4 pages): Please describe the motivation and rationale for establishing the collaboration, and how the proposed project addresses the identified research focus area for the FY2021 competition. Provide a concise description of the long-term research and education goals and intellectual focus and describe the planned activities in sufficient detail to enable their scientific merit and broader impacts to be assessed. Include a brief description of planned STEM workforce development activities.
- Biosketch: An NSF formatted biosketch for all Co-PIs.
Please send the above as a single PDF file to Richard White (
For the full RFP, please see: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21518/nsf21518.htm