EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement-Focused EPSCoR Collaborations Program (RII-FEC)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Dec 17, 2024 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jan 28, 2025 (Full proposal), Dec 16, 2025 (Letter of inquiry), Jan 27, 2026 (Full proposal), Dec 15, 2026 (Letter of inquiry), Jan 26, 2027 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $1,000,000 - US $1,500,000

Fields of work: Engineering Science Chemistry Physics Biology Earth Science Computer Science & Engineering Show all

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Nonprofit, College / University

Funding uses: Research, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam Show all


NOTE: All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

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. EPSCoR eligibility status is yearly updated and reported in the EPSCoR website, found here. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to affect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness.

The RII-FEC program (formerly known as “EPSCoR Track-2 program”) builds inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focus areas consistent with the currentNational Science Foundation Strategic Plan. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two EPSCoR eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to address challenges, which neither party could address as well or as rapidly independently. RII-FEC projects have a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary diversity. The projects’ STEM research and education activities seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of all individuals, institutions, and sectors. Additionally, EPSCoR recognizes that the development of early-career faculty from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields is critical to sustaining and advancing research capacity. The integration and inclusion of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), women’s colleges, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), and two-year colleges is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity.

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