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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows




December 15, 2022



April 9, 2024




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Match Required?





Entity Types:

Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Other

*Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: - EPSCoR jurisdictions that are RII-eligible for the FY 2023 RII Track-4 competition are listed in the FY 2023 RII Eligibility table, which can be found;lt;a href=";here;lt;/a;gt;. ;lt;ul;gt; ;lt;li;gt;Proposals may only be submitted by organizations located in RII-eligible jurisdictions, as follows: ;lt;ul;gt; ;lt;li;gt;Institutions of higher education (Ph.D.-granting and non-Ph.D.-granting), acting on behalf of their faculty members, that are accredited in and have a campus in the United States, its territories or possessions. Distinct academic campuses (e.g., that award their own degrees, have independent administrative structures, admissions policies, alumni associations, etc.) within multi-campus systems qualify as separate submission-eligible institutions.;lt;/li;gt; ;lt;li;gt;Not-for-profit, non-degree-granting domestic U.S. organizations, acting on behalf of their employees, that include (but are not limited to) independent museums and science centers, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies, and similar organizations that are directly associated with the Nation's research or educational activities. These organizations must have an independent, permanent administrative organization (e.g., an Office of Sponsored Projects) located in the United States, its territories, or possessions, and have 501(c)(3) tax status.;lt;/li;gt; ;lt;/ul;gt; ;lt;/li;gt; ;lt;li;gt;In addition, for the RII Track-4:@NASA opportunity, PIs must be employed by an institution that is from at least one of the four categories:;lt;br /;gt; ;lt;ul;gt; ;lt;li;gt;Minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), and other institutions that enroll a significant percentage of students from underrepresented populations as;lt;a title="" href=";defined;lt;/a;gt;by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., Alaska Native-serving institutions, Native Hawaiian-serving institutions, Predominantly Black Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions, and Native American-serving nontribal institutions;;lt;/li;gt; ;lt;li;gt;Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), including two-year colleges, that award associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and/or master's degrees in NSF-supported fields, but have awarded 20 or fewer Ph.D./D.Sci. degrees in all NSF-supported fields during the combined previous two academic years;;lt;/li;gt; ;lt;li;gt;Institutions of higher education that are dedicated to serve students with disabilities, as listed in Table 1, page 5 , of NSFs 2008 Broadening Participation report (;lt;a title="" href=";;lt;/a;gt;);;lt;/li;gt; ;lt;li;gt;Degree-granting womens colleges, as listed in the U.S. Department of Education Digest of Education Statistics (;lt;a title="" href=";;lt;/a;gt;).;lt;/li;gt; ;lt;/ul;gt; ;lt;/li;gt; ;lt;/ul;gt; ;lt;p style="padding-left: 30px;gt; *Who May Serve as PI: Principal Investigatorsmust either: ;lt;ul;gt; ;lt;li;gt;hold a non-tenured faculty position at a degree-granting institutio




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The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. EPSCoR jurisdictions that are eligible for Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) competitions are listed in the RII Eligibility table, which can be found here. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, Research and Development (R) capacity, and hence, its R competitiveness. EPSCoR RII Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows directly aligns with NSF EPSCoR strategic goal of establishing sustainable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professional development pathways that advance workforce development in STEM and effects engagement in STEM at national and global levels. EPSCoR RII Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of investigators and further develop their individual research potential through collaborations with investigators from the nations premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. The fellowship provides opportunities to establish strong collaborations through extended or periodic collaborative visits to a selected host site. Through collaborative research activities with the host site, Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations, advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions. The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows research trajectories well beyond the award period. The benefits to the Fellows are also expected to improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly. EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows offers the following two sub-tracks: 1) RII Track-4:NSF and 2) RII Track-4:@NASA While the two tracks are similar in achieving the same goals, RII Track-4:NSF is open to a broad community and RII Track-4:@NASA focuses on faculty from institutions with high enrollments of students from underrepresented populations in STEM (See Section "IV. Eligibility Information" for more details) to collaborate with researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research centers. PIs who are eligible for both tracks may apply for only one track per competition cycle. In both sub-tracks, the RII Track-4 provides opportunities for the participation of one trainee, who must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program, or a postdoctoral researcher from an EPSCoR jurisdiction. Staff members, such as technicians or lab assistants could be considered as trainees when properly justified.

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