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Invitation to Idaho EPSCoR RII Track-1 listening sessions

Idaho will be eligible to submit one Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-one proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in August 2022. The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Track-1 awards “provide up to $20 million total over five years to support research-driven improvements to jurisdictions’ physical and cyber infrastructure and human capital development in topical areas selected by the jurisdiction’s EPSCoR steering committee as having the best potential to improve future research and development competitiveness.”

Idaho’s proposal development process for the next RII Track-1 project (2023-2028) is led by the Idaho EPSCoR Office. A first step in the process is to conduct a strategic “analysis of research and development strengths, the opportunities that exist to further develop research and development capacity, and the challenges that must be overcome to take advantage of those opportunities. The steering committee will have evaluated the maturity of existing research and development efforts in the jurisdiction as well as the potential of new research directions that align with jurisdictional needs.”

Virtual statewide Listening Sessions are scheduled for the following two times to allow faculty and staff at Idaho’s research universities to: 1) hear about NSF EPSCoR Track-1 priorities and process, 2) learn about Idaho’s initial efforts of strategic analysis of research strengths, and 3) share thoughts on research strengths, opportunities, and possible State research priorities for this decade. Listening Sessions will take place at:

  • 2:30 p.m. PT (3:30 MT) on Wednesday, March 31
  • 9 a.m. PT (10 MT) on Thursday, April 1.

University faculty and staff are invited to RSVP by registering for either of these events at:

Please contact Vanessa Henry at with any questions about registration.