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Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation EPSCoR Track-4 awards support early career investigators; due April 11

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

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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Statewide news releases

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

Internships

Career Opportunities

Program Information

ESTABLISHED PROGRAM TO STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH

EPSCoR stands for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The National Science Foundation (NSF) uses EPSCoR to increase research capacity in traditionally under-funded regions of the country—like Kansas. Its primary mechanism for achieving this goal is called the Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program. These 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.

Current major investments in Kansas

Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures driven by Social Equity (ARISE)

2022-2027

Simply put, ARISE seeks to help Kansans rebound faster and suffer less from large-scale disasters. Its research is rooted in community engagement and blended with education to pave the way for statewide benefits. 

 

Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plants, and Soils Systems across Kansas (MAPS)

2017-2023

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.

 

Funding Opportunities

First Awards help early-career faculty become competitive for funding from the research directorates at the National Science Foundation.

Current solicitation is closed. 

Research and Education Innovative (REI) Awards fund small projects that will either allow for networking and planning or for the immediate pursuit of larger projects for developing new transformational concepts.

Current solicitation is closed. 

Museum Projects Award 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. Solicitation is closed.

Learn more: 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. 

NSF EPSCoR Events

Roundtable on Community Engaged Research
JAN 26, 3-4PM, virtual meeting

Seminar: Virtual Testbeds for Community Resilience Analysis
Feb 1, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

MAPS Annual Symposium
APRIL 4, 2023

ARISE Annual Symposium
April 21, 2023

MORE EVENTS

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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