EPSCoR Investment Strategies

Research Infrastructure Improvement Program

Research Infrastructure Improvement Program

EPSCoR uses three major investment strategies to achieve its goal of improving the R&D competitiveness of researchers and institutions within EPSCoR jurisdictions.  To see eligibility, see our RII eligibility page and Eligibility Map.  Read about current opportunities below:

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m submitter's local time): July 14, 2021

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): August 16, 2021

RII Track-1 awards provide up to $4 million per year for up to five years. They are intended to improve the research competitiveness of jurisdictions by improving their academic research infrastructure in areas of science and engineering supported by the National Science Foundation and critical to the particular jurisdiction’s science and technology initiative or plan. These areas must be identified by the jurisdiction’s EPSCoR governing committee as having the best potential to improve the jurisdiction’s future R&D competitiveness. See Solicitation 21-586 for more information.


Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): December 20, 2021

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): January 31, 2022

RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (FEC) awards provide up to $1 million per year for up to four years as collaborative awards between two EPSCoR jurisdictions or up to $1.5 million per year for up to four years to a consortia of three or more EPSCoR jurisdictions. These awards build interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. See Solicitation 22-523 for more information.

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

RII Track-4:NSF May 12, 2022

RII Track-4:FAST May 12, 2022

RII Track-4:NSF April 11, 2023

Track-4 EPSCoR Research Fellows provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers.  Through these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and shift their research toward transformative new directions.  The experience gained through the fellowship is intended to provide a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career.  These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions.  See Solicitation 22-573 for more information.

EPSCoR Research Fellows Informational Webinar

EPSCoR Research Fellows Informational Webinar
Credit: National Science Foundation
Learn more about the Track-4 Research Fellows Program through this recorded webinar.

A bearded man works in a greenhouse
Improving crop resilience for global food security: A research project by Harkamal Walia at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focuses on ensuring global food security by improving crop resilience.
Research supported by National Science Foundation grant OIA 1736192.
Learn more in the NSF News Release NSF EPSCoR awards new projects to help understand connections between genes and organisms' characteristics.
Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Dec. 13, 2017

Credit: University Communication / University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Co-Funding of Disciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research

EPSCoR co-invests with NSF Directorates and Offices in the support of meritorious proposals from individual investigators, groups, and centers in EPSCoR jurisdictions that are submitted to the Foundation’s research and education programs, and crosscutting initiatives. These proposals have been merit reviewed and recommended for award, but could not be funded without the combined, leveraged support of EPSCoR and the Research and Education Directorates. Co-funding leverages EPSCoR investment and facilitates participation of EPSCoR scientists and engineers in Foundation-wide programs and initiatives. 

Workshops and Outreach

EPSCoR solicits requests for support of workshops, conferences, and other community-based activities designed to explore opportunities in emerging areas of science and engineering, and to share best practices in planning and implementation in strategic planning, diversity, communication, cyberinfrastructure, evaluation, and other areas of importance to EPSCoR jurisdictions (See NSF 19-588). EPSCoR also supports outreach travel that enables NSF staff from all Directorates and Offices to work with the EPSCoR research community regarding NSF opportunities, priorities, programs, and policies. Such travel also serves to more fully acquaint NSF staff with the science and engineering accomplishments, ongoing activities, and new directions and opportunities in research and education in the jurisdictions. Read about information on specific outreach procedures.