Full Proposal Deadline for Agency: February 28, 2017
Principal Investigators (PIs) must be non-tenured faculty (or equivalent) whose primary appointment is at the submitting organization. No co-PIs are allowed.
A. EPSCoR Mission and Goals
The mission of EPSCoR is to assist the National Science Foundation in its statutory function “to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.” EPSCoR goals are to:
- Catalyze the development of research capabilities and the creation of new knowledge that expands jurisdictions’ contributions to scientific discovery, innovation, learning, and knowledge-based prosperity;
- Establish sustainable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, training, and professional development pathways that advance jurisdiction-identified research areas and workforce development;
- Broaden direct participation of demographically diverse individuals, institutions, and organizations in the project’s science and engineering research and education initiatives;
- Effect sustainable engagement of project participants and partners, the jurisdictions, the national research community, and the general public through data-sharing, communication, outreach, and dissemination; and
- Impact research, education, and economic development beyond the project at academic, government, and private sector levels.
B. Criteria for Eligibility to Participate in the Research Infrastructure Improvement, Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)
Persons who hold either non-tenured faculty positions at institutions of higher education within EPSCoR jurisdictions or closely similar positions at other eligible organizations may participate in RII Track-4. Non-tenured faculty members include both those who hold tenure-track appointments but have not yet received tenure, and those who hold long-term non-tenure-track positions. Persons who hold transitional (<3 years) fixed-term postdoctoral appointments are not eligible to apply. Questions regarding PI eligibility for RII Track-4 should be directed toward the NSF EPSCoR program staff.
C. RII Track-4 Program
Developing the full potential of its science and engineering research workforce is critical to the long-term competitiveness of EPSCoR jurisdictions and the nation overall. To realize this potential, it is often worthwhile for researchers to spend periods of time at other institutions, forming deep collaborative connections that can be sustained for years beyond. The benefits of such an experience may be particularly beneficial to those researchers who are not yet firmly established in their careers.
This Research Infrastructure Improvement, Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4) solicitation provides an opportunity for non-tenured faculty or those in closely similar positions to spend extended periods of time at the nation’s premier research facilities. The fellowship period may be used to initiate new collaborative partnerships, to continue existing ones, or to make use of unique equipment not available at the PI’s home institution. Any research topic within NSF’s traditional portfolio will be considered for support. The fellowship host site may be any academic, governmental, commercial, or non-profit research facility within the United States or its territories.
EPSCoR support of a RII Track-4 activity should not duplicate support from any other available federal, jurisdictional, or institutional resources. The support should contribute to both the PI’s research capacity and to the improvement of their institution’s scientific competitiveness more broadly.