NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 FEC – Internal Competition

Admin Internal Competitions

Guidelines for NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations

(RII Track-2 FEC)

Internal Competition

NSF Program Solicitation:  NSF 16-511


UPRM Internal Competition Deadline:  Monday, November 30, 2015 by 12:00 noon

NSF Letter of Intent (Required) Deadline:  January 11, 2016

NSF Full Proposal Deadline: February 04, 2016


Limit per institution:  One (1) proposal.

Limit per PI or Co-PI: Investigators cannot be PI or Co-PI on more than one (1) proposal

  • Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited by NSF
  • Uncommitted cost sharing will not be available for this program announcement.  PIs should contemplate projects attainable with the available federal funds.


The following EPSCoR jurisdictions are RII-eligible for the FY 2016 RII Track-2 FEC competition: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, US Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


The Experimental 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. 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 scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII- eligible jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of 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 diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity.

For FY 2016, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on two topics: 1) Understanding the Brain; and 2) Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems.

A single proposal is submitted for a project. Support for non-lead collaborating institutions 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.

PLEASE submit to UPRM R&DC PSU office a digital copy of your pre-proposal package in pdf format by Monday, November 30, 2015 at 12:00 Noon (ore@uprm.edu).


Pre-Proposal Application Package to include:

  1. Completed Internal Competition Form/Cover Sheet attached along with these instructions
  2. A Project Summary -maximum two (2) single-spaced pages, in Times New Roman size 12, 1 inch margins:

The project summary (2 pages) must include the following:

  • A brief description of the research to be addressed by the proposal
  • A concise description of the long-term research and education goals and intellectual focus, and describe the planned activities to enable assessment of their scientific merit and broader impacts.
  • Description of the Research and Education Activities to be carried out.
  • Explanation how the proposed project will substantially improve the research infrastructure at UPRM.
  • Contribute to the advancement of research and innovation in the proposal’s focus area;
  • Briefly explain how the participating jurisdictions’ research capacity will be positively impacted by the collaborative effort
  • Briefly strategy to generate subsequent, sustained non-EPSCoR funding from federal, jurisdictional, or private sector sources.


Review Criteria will emphasize:

  1. Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact.
  2. Development of Research and Education activities.
  3. Extent to which the proposed project will substantially improve the research infrastructure at UPRM.
  4. Contribute to the advancement of research and innovation in the proposal’s focus area;
  5. Jurisdictional impact and improvement of research capacity.
  6. Post-NSF funding sustainability.


If you are interested in applying, please read the full solicitation at:



For questions, please e-mail: ore@uprm.edu or call: (787) 832-4040 Extensions: x2402; x5250.