NSF EPSCoR Track-2 Solicitation

Posted on: October 4, 2022   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
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The FY 2023 RII Track-2 solicitation has been released.

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) Solicitation: NSF 22-523

Starting in 2009, the RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaboration awards provide up to $1.5 million a year for collaborations between two or more jurisdictions for up to four years. Rather than a traditional PI-driven award, Track-2 awards prioritize research consistent with NSF funding priorities to prepare collaborations for future opportunities from other funding sources.

The topic or focus of the solicitation is “advancing climate change research and resilience capacity to expand opportunities for disproportionately affected communities.

Due Dates
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: December 20, 2022
  • Full Proposal Deadline: January 24, 2023

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. A jurisdiction eligibility is based on a jurisdiction’s recent five-year history of total funds awarded by NSF relative to the Foundation’s total research budget for that same period. The current table of eligible jurisdictions is available on the NSF EPSCoR website (see RII eligibility).

Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction’s research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness.

RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in STEM focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. 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 rapidly independently. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of diverse 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 early-career faculty that are underrepresented in the chosen STEM field  and the integration and inclusion of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) and community colleges is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. For FY 2023-24, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: “advancing climate change research and resilience capacity to expand opportunities for disproportionately affected communities.”

A single proposal is submitted for a project. Support for non-lead collaborating organizations should be requested as subawards. Separately submitted collaborative proposals are not allowed. Each participating EPSCoR jurisdiction must have at least one co-PI on the project. Proposals that do not comply with these requirements will be considered not responsive and will be returned without review.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program