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Internal Funding Opportunities

MAPS Request for Proposals

MAPS First Awards

Research in Microbiomes across Aquatic, Plant and Soil Systems

Current Solicitation now closed

See the RFP for full details (PDF)

The First Award program helps early career faculty become more competitive for funding from the research directorates at the National Science Foundation (NSF) by 1) encouraging early career faculty to submit proposals to the NSF (or other federal funding agency) as soon as possible after their first faculty appointment, and 2) by accelerating the pace of their research and the quality of their subsequent proposals. First Awards are intended to be single-investigator awards to support the PI’s research program at their institution.  The inclusion of Co-PIs, other senior personnel, and sub-awards to other institutions is prohibited.

Proposal Preparation Resources:

First Award Letter of Intent Form

First Awards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NSF Cover Sheet Form for Kansas NSF EPSCoR

First Award RFP Budget MS EXCEL

First Award Timeline Example

Past Awardees: 

2021 MAPS First Awards

2020 MAPS First Awards

2019 MAPS First Awards

2018 MAPS First Awards


MAPS Research, Education and Innovation (REI) Awards

REI Awards are specifically for small projects that will either allow for networking and planning or allow for the immediate pursuit of larger projects that are developing new transformational concepts. Faculty from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hayes State University, and Washburn University are all encouraged to submit proposals. This funding is awarded to both research and education projects, and selections are made in the same spirit and share goals with NSF EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) awards for high risk/high gain research ideas.

Current Solicitation for MAPS Faculty ONLY

2019-2020 MAPS REI Awards

2018-2019 MAPS REI Awards

MAPS Museum Awards

MAPS outreach initiatives include funds for developing museum projects that intersect the natural science and engineering aspects of MAPS research with fine art or visual/graphic design elements. This is part of the overall goal of the MAPS Communication and Dissemination Plan to reach a broad audience of researchers, educators, students, stakeholders, and the public in order to promote MAPS activities highlighted in the research and education programs.

Current Solicitation is closed

2018 to 2021 MAPS Museum Award
Microbes on the Move: Exploring microbiomes through mobile museum experiences

Major Initiatives to Improve Research Infrastructure (RII Track-1) Request for Proposals (RFP)

Kansas NSF EPSCoR (KNE) is announcing a funding opportunity for Major Initiatives to Improve Research Infrastructure in the focus area of Adaptive and Resilient SystemsDownload the full RFP as a PDF with instructions here.

In summer 2021, Kansas NSF EPSCoR will submit a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). To develop the proposal, KNE is seeking proposals that will make up a key component of this multi-million dollar/multi-year request to NSF. The selected initiative is expected to foster an interdisciplinary research community of engineers, computer and computational scientists, social and behavioral scientists, and natural scientists that creates new approaches and engineering solutions for the design and operation of infrastructure, processes, or services.

One major initiative will be selected to be included, along with other infrastructure-building components, in the $20 million RII Track 1 EPSCoR proposal, which will be submitted in August 2021.

Submission Deadlines:

Current solicitation is closed

  The full request for proposals with submission instructions can be downloaded as a PDF here

State Science and Technology Plan: 

Kansas B. E. S. T. for Innovation
Kansas: Building an Environment for Science and Technology for Innovation

Kansas NSF EPSCoR and NSF

Funding Forms and Resources

First Award Letter of Intent Form

First Awards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NSF Cover Sheet Form for Kansas NSF EPSCoR

First Award RFP Budget MS EXCEL

First Award Timeline Example

NSF Document and Publications Library

NSF Logos and Usage Standards

Grants.gov Proofreading Tips for Grant Proposals

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Acknowledgment Statement – This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. OIA-1656006 and matching support from the State of Kansas through the Kansas Board of Regents. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.