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What is Kansas NSF EPSCoR?

We support research and education initiatives that make a difference in Kansas

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We encourage faculty statewide to submit proposals.

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EPSCoR stands for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The National Science Foundation (NSF) uses EPSCoR to increase research capacity in traditionally under-funded regions of the country—like Kansas. Its primary mechanism for achieving this goal is called the Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program. These awards enable states like Kansas to enhance their competitiveness for research funding. RII proposals are submitted by Kansas NSF EPSCoR on behalf of the program partners in the state. Other NSF EPSCoR mechanisms include co-funding, workshops, and outreach.

Current major investment in Kansas

Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures driven by Social Equity (ARISE)


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State Funding Opportunities

Valued at up to $50,000, our seed grants enable faculty from universities and colleges across Kansas to purchase research equipment, support students, and more. See how.


National Investment Strategies

Innovation anywhere.
Opportunity everywhere.

That’s NSF’s mission.
Read about funding options from NSF EPSCoR.


Roundtable for Community Engaged Research

Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm
“Stepping Stones to Community Success”

Team Science Training

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In-person training to help the ARISE research team build practical skills for collaborating on interdisciplinary research. Register

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Message from ARISE partner Mary Patterson

Message from ARISE partner Mary Patterson

Mary Patterson is an instructor for the Kansas City Kansas Community College Saturday Academy, a teen program partially funded by the ARISE project.I live in Wyandotte County, which sits between the Missouri and Kansas River in Northeast Kansas. This part of Kansas...

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Dr. Sun joins the ARISE Team

Dr. Sun joins the ARISE Team

We are thrilled to welcome Tianjun Sun, assistant professor of psychological sciences at Kansas State University, to the ARISE team. She will help lead and work with the team on Themes 1 and 4, bringing a strong psychological science perspective and approach to...

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