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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

Letter of Intent due July 14, 2021

Full Proposal due August 16, 2021

Announcing a Kansas NSF EPSCoR funding opportunity for major initiatives to improve research infrastructure in the focus area of Adaptive and Resilient Systems.



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

Current solicitation is closed


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

Letters of Intent: Not required
Full Proposal Deadline Date: April 22, 2022, by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time