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Kansas NSF EPSCoR’s Project Director Professor Kristin Bowman-James has been elected to the highly prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of its 2021 inductees.  This esteemed academy was founded in 1780 by our nation’s founders. It honors scholarly excellence and engages members in addressing important world issues and challenges.  Members have included notable scientists, leaders and artists such as Benjamin Franklin, Margaret Mead, John F. Kennedy, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Read more about Dr. Bowman-James and the award

Read about Dr. Bowman-James’ reflections on her life’s work

What is Kansas NSF EPSCoR?

The Kansas National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
(Kansas NSF 
EPSCoR) Enhances the scientific research capacity and develops a diverse, well-qualified
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce in Kansas.

Upcoming Events

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

About Kansas NSF EPSCoR

Staff Information

EPSCoR Office location and directions

Program Information

Student Resources

Research Experiences


Career Opportunities

Program Information


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.

Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plants, and Soils Systems across Kansas

Kansas NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Award OIA-1656006

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. 




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:

   Day 1 (March 8): https://mediahub.ku.edu/media/t/1_pdmay42w
Day 2 (March 9): https://mediahub.ku.edu/media/t/1_ehcxy2sq

March 1 & 2, 2020 MAPS Annual Research Symposium Presentations 

Kansas NSF EPSCoR News