EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)

Submission Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021


Full Proposal Deadline Date(s)

    March 12, 2019

    Second Tuesday in March, Annually Thereafter

    March 10, 2020; March 9, 2021

    Second Tuesday in March, Annually Thereafter

View the Solicitation Page: 18-526

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 is eligible to participate in EPSCoR programs if its level of NSF research support is equal to or less than 0.75 percent of the total NSF research and related activities budget for the most recent three-year period (FY 2017 Eligibility Table). 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-4 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.  During these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions.  The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows’ research trajectories well beyond the award period.  These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly.  Those submitting proposals must either hold a non-tenured faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or an early-career career-track appointment at an eligible non-degree-granting institution.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



IMPORTANT! The information above was obtained from the NSF website on 5.23.18 and was current at that time. All interested parties and potential submittors should visit the Official Program Website to obtain the most current solicitation updates and information.