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Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation EPSCoR Track-4 awards support early career investigators; due April 11


17 state colleges and universities are partnered in a new $24 million, five-year effort to advance research on resilient and socially equitable infrastructure in Kansas. The National Science Foundation EPSCoR initiative is led by Dr. Belinda Sturm, Professor of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas.

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What is Kansas NSF EPSCoR?

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

Major Research Initiatives

MAPS: Exploring the Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plant and Soil Systems in Kansas 

ARISE: Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures Driven by Social Equity

Trailblazing Undergrads

We empower undergrads with research experiences.

Interviews with 2021 participants show that they gain more than lab skills from these experiences. Read their stories


About Kansas NSF EPSCoR

Staff Information

EPSCoR Office location and directions

Program Information

Student Resources

Research Experiences


Career Opportunities

Program Information


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 investments in Kansas

Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures driven by Social Equity (ARISE)


Simply put, ARISE seeks to help Kansans rebound faster and suffer less from large-scale disasters. Its research is rooted in community engagement and blended with education to pave the way for statewide benefits. 


Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plants, and Soils Systems across Kansas (MAPS)


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.


Funding Opportunities

First Awards help early-career faculty become competitive for funding from the research directorates at the National Science Foundation.

Current solicitation is closed. 

Research and Education Innovative (REI) Awards fund small projects that will either allow for networking and planning or for the immediate pursuit of larger projects for developing new transformational concepts.

Current solicitation is closed. 

Museum Projects Award 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. Solicitation is closed.

Learn more: 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.

RII Bridging EPSCoR Communities Awards seek to help undergraduate and graduate students from target groups overcome barriers along their training path. 


Roundtable on Community Engaged Research
JAN 26, 3-4PM, virtual meeting

Seminar: Virtual Testbeds for Community Resilience Analysis
Feb 1, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

MAPS Annual Symposium
APRIL 4, 2023

ARISE Annual Symposium
April 21, 2023


Kansas NSF EPSCoR News

ARISE e-newsletter

ARISE e-newsletter

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! We sent out an e-newsletter this week that features a roundup of activities and events for the ARISE team. ARISE is a major investment in Kansas by the U.S. National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive...

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Looking Back on a Memorable Year

Looking Back on a Memorable Year

To all investigators, students, staff, advisors, administrators, educators, and friends of Kansas NSF EPSCoR — thank you! We appreciate you and the role you play in helping us promote scientific research and education across the state. You made this year memorable in...

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