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Funding Opportunities

Now seeking proposals for $50,000 First Awards and REI Awards.


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#KUFieldWorks features Ben Sikes’ microbe research



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


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) promotes scientific progress in states that have traditionally received lesser amounts of NSF research and development funding. The primary mechanism the NSF uses to achieve this goal is the Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program. NSF RII 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.

Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plants, and Soils Systems across Kansas

Kansas NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Award OIA-1656006

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.



MAPS Funding Opportunities

The MAPS First Award Program helps early-career faculty become competitive for funding from the research directorates at the National Science Foundation.

Current solicitation is closed. 

The MAPS Research and Education Innovative (REI) Award Program funds small projects that will either allow for networking and planning or for the immediate pursuit of larger projects for developing new transformational concepts.

MAPS Museum Projects Award Program 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.

Learn more about our current program: 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. 


Training on Capital Improvement
Dec. 5, 2022, virtual meeting

Roundtable on Community Engaged Research
Dec. 15, 1-2PM, virtual meeting


Kansas NSF EPSCoR News

Funding Opportunities Webinar

Funding Opportunities Webinar

Monday | November 21, 2022 10AM – 11AM Register for zoom link Come learn about two exciting funding opportunities focused on resiliency and smart infrastructure. Kansas NSF EPSCoR Director Belinda Sturm will discuss how to submit a proposal for the First Awards and...

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Funding opportunity for early-career faculty

Funding opportunity for early-career faculty

Kansas NSF EPSCoR is currently seeking proposals from early career, tenure-track faculty for First Awards. These seed grants are designed to spur research in resiliency and smart infrastructure. Experts in the field will review the submissions and offer feedback to...

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