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External NSF EPSCoR
Funding Opportunities

RII Track-1

NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 (RII Track-1) awards support improvements in research, physical and cyberinfrastructure, and human capital development in scientific endeavors that have the best potential to improve future Research and Development (R&D) competitiveness of the jurisdiction. The focus of the research project is selected by the jurisdiction’s EPSCoR steering committee and must align with the specific STEM research priorities identified in the jurisdiction’s Science and Technology (S&T) Plan.

RII Track-1 Current Solicitation NSF 21586

Current solicitation is closed



RII Track-2 FEC

NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) awards provide opportunities to build inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific interest areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects must include researchers from at least two EPSCoR RII eligible jurisdictions. The collaborative research must demonstrate an integrated and comprehensive vision focused on the discovery and include opportunities to build sustainable STEM capacity that embodies diversity.    

RII Track-2 FEC Current Solicitation

  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):
    December 20, 2021
  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):
    January 31, 2022


RII Track-4 Research Fellows

NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-4 (RII Track-4) Research Fellows awards are designed for early career, non-tenured faculty with the purpose of enhancing the fellow’s research capacity through site visits and collaborations with premier private, government or academic research centers across the nation. Through these partnerships, the NSF EPSCoR Research Fellows learn new techniques using specialized equipment and facilities. These experiences are expected to transform the fellow’s research career path beyond the award period as well as enhance the research capacity of their institutions.

RII Track-4 current solicitation

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  May 12, 2022  (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

    Next year’s deadline: April 11, 2023



RII Bridging EPSCoR Communitities

NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Bridging EPSCoR Communities (RII-BEC)

This initiative seeks to set up bridge programs to help undergraduate and graduate students from target groups overcome barriers along their training path. Programs should particularly assist those individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM and those students going to or from minority-serving institutions within EPSCoR jurisdictions. Funding for this program is made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319, sec. 7502).

These awards are designed for 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education and not-for-profit organizations like museums, observatories, professional societies, etc. who are advancing the Nation’s research or education.

RII-BEC Solicitation

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  April 4, 2022 (by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time)