Solicitation Released - EPSCoR FY 2022 RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations

Submission Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022

Letter of Intent Due by Dec. 20, 2021


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The FY 2022 RII Track-2 solicitation has been released. Visit to access the full solicitation.  

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 Instutitions (PUIs) and community colleges is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity . For FY 2022, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: “Advancing research towards industries of tomorrow to ensure economic growth for EPSCoR jurisdictions.”

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.

Program Guidelines


Award Information

  • Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the quality of proposals and availability of funds.

Estimated Number of Awards

  • 7 in FY 2022
Proposals may only be submitted by certain types of organizations. Please see solicitation for details.
Limit on number of proposals per organization

Limit on number of proposals per organization description

  • 1- Only one RII Track-2 FEC proposal may be submitted in response to this solicitation by an organization in a RII-eligible jurisdiction.

Limit on number of proposals per PI or Co-PI

  • 1- Investigators cannot be PI or co-PI on more than one RII Track-2 project, both currently awarded or in this competition, but may serve as senior personnel on any number of RII Track-2 proposals or awards.
Review full program guidelines and learn how to submit a proposal in the latest solicitation: Read the solicitation 22-523
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