Kansas NSF EPSCoR is currently seeking proposals from early career, tenure-track faculty for First Awards. These seed grants are designed to spur research in resiliency and smart infrastructure. Experts in the field will review the submissions and offer feedback to help awardees compete nationally for funding.

The best proposals will each receive awards up to $50,000, enabling faculty across the state to purchase research equipment, support students, and more.

Proposals must align with the current ARISE project, which seeks to develop “Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures driven by Social Equity” (ARISE).

Kansas NSF EPSCoR has invested in 110 assistant professors since 2001 with First Awards. Many award recipients have gone on to win prestigious federal grants and achieve national recognition—two key metrics of the program’s success.

See current solicitation for eligibility criteria and other important information.

Note submission deadlines:

  • Notice of intent due November 29, 2023
  • Proposal due January 10, 2023.

What is Kansas NSF EPSCoR?

The National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) ensures every citizen has access to STEM experiences by increasing research capacity in traditionally underfunded regions of the country—like Kansas. For every dollar it invests in Kansas, the state gets back twice that in non-EPSCoR funding.

First award for early career faculty with notice of intent due November 29