ESTABLISHED PROGRAM TO STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) promotes scientific progress in states that have traditionally received lesser amounts of NSF research and development funding. The primary mechanism the NSF uses to achieve this goal is the Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program. NSF RII 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.
Archived Past Projects
Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plants, and Soils Systems across Kansas
MAPS research is addressing the challenge of simultaneously feeding a growing population, sustaining agriculture, maintaining soil quality, and minimizing greenhouse gases and water contaminants using new data-driven solutions.
MAPS Funding Opportunities
The MAPS First Award Program helps early-career faculty become competitive for funding from the research directorates at the National Science Foundation.
Current solicitation is closed
The MAPS Research and Education Innovative (REI) Award Program funds small projects that will either allow for networking and planning or for the immediate pursuit of larger projects for developing new transformational concepts.
MAPS Museum Projects Award Program provides funds for developing museum outreach programs that intersect the natural science and engineering aspects of MAPS research with fine art or visual and graphic design elements.
Learn more about our current program: Microbes on the Move
a mobile pop-up exhibit
National Science Foundation
EPSCoR Investment Strategies
NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program:
RII Track-1 Awards provide up to 20 million dollars over 5 years to support and improve the jurisdiction’s research and development competitiveness. The jurisdiction’s EPSCoR steering committee selects the project and the research activities associated with it must align with the specific research priorities identified in the approved Science and Technology (S&T) Plan of the jurisdiction.
RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (FEC) Awards build inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities.
RII Track-4 EPSCoR Research Fellows Awards provide support to non-tenured investigators to enhance their individual research potential and their jurisdictions’ research capacity through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers.
Kansas NSF EPSCoR
and Past Event
Virtual elementary school level lessons on ecology and hands-on activities developed in accordance with Next Generation Science Standards Virtual lessons are in
both English and Spanish
SAVE the Date for the 27th NSF EPSCoR National Conference and 2022 EPSCoR PI Meeting, Sunday, May 22 to Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Portland, Maine
March 8 – 9, 2021 MAPS Virtual Research Symposium Recordings:
March 1 & 2, 2020 MAPS Annual Research Symposium Presentations
Kansas NSF EPSCoR News
KSU MAPS student, Bre Waterman, studies variations in groundwater discharge and its biogeochemical impact
The environment, especially aquatic systems, always interested Breanna (Bre) Waterman. However, it was during her undergraduate career at Oklahoma State University (OSU) that Bre, solidified her interests in water and aquatic systems. She said, “I had some great...
Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Solicitations has released two funding opportunities and will host a DEPSCoR Day
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced for the fiscal year 2021 (FY21) 2 Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Solicitations. 1. Department of Defense DEPSCoR: FOA-AFRL-AFOSR-2021-0008DEFENSE ESTABLISHED PROGRAM TO STIMULATE...