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Limited Submission Notice: NSF EPSCoR Track II Research Infrastructure Improvement Program


National Science Foundation (NSF)


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&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness. RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. The STEM research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of diverse individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity.

Last year’s solicitation can be referenced here.


Up to $1M per year for up to 4 years (if 2 collaborators)

Up to $1.5M per year for up to 4 years (if 3+ collaborators)

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

One (1) application per institution is permitted.  Investigators (as PI or Co-PI) can only be included on 1 RII Track 2 but can serve on others as senior personnel.

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators must first submit a one- to two-page white paper to by May 13, 2022.

Your white paper should describe the motivation and rationale for establishing the collaboration, and how the proposed project addresses the identified research focus area for this solicitation (TBD). You should include clear identification of the industry the project is focusing on and how the proposed research will be linked and implemented into the jurisdiction(s) economy.

If selected to submit a full proposal, PIs must ensure that proposals meet all requirements stated in the RFP, in the announcement, and in the implementing laws and regulations related to this grant program.

Key Submission Dates:

  • 5/13/2022 – White paper due to preaward@boisestate.eduWe encourage you cc your Dean for visibility as well.
  • 5/22/2022 – Internal Awardees Notified
  • Five (5) business days before the deadline – Full proposal due to OSP
  • TBD – Full proposal due to NSF (last year’s proposal was due on January 31)

Important Notes:

  • The formal solicitation is not yet available. Requirements are subject to change once that is posted.  Amendments will be posted in the Limited Submission blog just as this was.
  • Proposals must include researchers from at least two EPSCoR eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to address challenges, which neither party could address as well or rapidly independently. Each proposal must have at least one collaborator from an academic institution or organization in a different RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction. This person must serve as a Co-PI and at least 1 Co-PI per jurisdiction must be included on the Cover Page.
  • An investigator may serve as PI or Co-PI on only one RII Track-2 award at any given time.


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