Internal Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities


ARISE Project Director Belinda Sturm describes two funding opportunities available in Kansas, including the First Awards and the Research, Innovation, and Education Awards. View webinar slides.

First Awards

Current solicitation focuses on research in resiliency and smart infrastructure.

The First Award program helps early career, tenure-track faculty become more competitive for funding from 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. However, applicants are encouraged to include collaborators or mentors from the ARISE team in their proposal. Applicants are allowed to contact team members to discuss how project ideas may relate to the current ARISE project.

Proposal Preparation Resources:

First Award Notice of Intent Form – Due March 19, 2024

First Awards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NSF Cover Sheet Form for Kansas NSF EPSCoR

First Award RFP Budget MS EXCEL

First Award Timeline Example

Full proposal due April 16, 2024

Past Awardees: 2023 (fall)2023 (spring)20222021202020192018

Research & Education Innovation (REI) Awards

Current Solicitation focuses on resiliency and smart infrastructure.

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. Eligible to apply is any individual with PI status at Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, Washburn University, or Haskell Indian Nations University. 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.

Proposals will be accepted in any topic related to ARISE research and education, but special consideration will be given to proposals in the following areas: 

  1. Bias in machine learning and automation 
  2. Resiliency planning and risk mitigation within indigenous communities 
  3. Emergency management; disaster and resilience planning 

Proposal due April 16, 2024

Past Awardees:  2023 (spring) | 2023 (fall) | 2019-2020 (MAPS)2018-2019 (MAPS)

Museum Awards

These awards are designed to develop museum projects based on MAPS research that reach a broad audience of researchers, educators, students, stakeholders, and the public.

Current solicitation is closed.

Past Awardees:

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

Kansas NSF EPSCoR and NSF

Funding Forms and Resources

First Award Notice 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.