NSF EPSCoR Announces Two New Funding Programs

Posted on: May 22, 2023   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
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National Science Foundation sent this bulletin at 05/19/2023 04:46 PM EDT

Dear Colleagues:

NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is pleased to announce two new funding programs that will dynamically develop State-wide research communities and build fundamental research capacity and competitiveness in States that have historically received less research funding from the National Science Foundation. These new investments were crafted from recommendations received from the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), a 2M Research Study, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s econometric analysis of the program. In particular, these opportunities will increase accessibility to NSF funding for a broad range of institutions found within EPSCoR jurisdictions. In addition, these funding opportunities will help scientific teams conduct state-of-the art research; foster innovative and creative scientific breakthroughs; expand opportunities to people of all racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds; and sharpen the nation’s competitive edge in science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The EPSCoR Collaborations for Optimizing Research Ecosystems Research Infrastructure Improvement (E-CORE RII) program will dynamically support the development, enhancement, and/or sustainability of State-wide: research administration; research facilities; higher education pathways; STEM education (K-16) pathways; broadening participation; workforce development; national and global partnerships; community engagement and outreach; economic development and use-inspired research; and/or early career research trainee pathways. This opportunity is designed to allow for each State to develop fundamental capacity according to its specific needs.

The EPSCoR Research Incubators for STEM Excellence Research Infrastructure Improvement (E-RISE RII) program supports the incubation of research teams and products to support the development and implementation of sustainable broad networks of individuals, institutions, and organizations that will transform the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research capacity and competitiveness in a jurisdiction within the chosen field of research.

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Best regards,