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NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (FY23)


National Science Foundation (NSF)


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 nation’s 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. 

Any research topic that is supported by NSF is eligible for consideration (see funding opportunities in the NSF Directorates and Offices listed under the “Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)” section within the solicitation). 

There are two (2) tracks for this opportunity: the RII Track-4:NSF and the RII Track-4:@NASA.  This limited submission call is for the RII Track-4:NSF track only. Boise State University is not eligible for the RII Track-4:@NASA.

For more information, view the full EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (NSF 23-535) solicitation


$300,000 for 24 months

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

Four (4) applications per institution are permitted. 

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators (PIs) must first submit a one- to two-page white paper to by January 16, 2023.

Your white paper should:

  • Identify the proposed Host Institution (see “Host Institutions” below for details)
  • Present the activities for the proposed fellowship in a clear, detailed, compelling way and describe how the activities will lead to long-lasting impacts to the PI’s research career trajectory.
  • Address how the fellowship idea will impact the PI’s research field and potential scientific discoveries.
  • Address how the fellowship idea will benefit Boise State University and/or its jurisdiction.

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:

  • January 17, 2023 – White paper due to We encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well.
  • January 24, 2023 – Anticipated date Internal Awardees Notified
  • April 4, 2023 – Full proposal due to OSP
  • April 11, 2023 – Full proposal due to NSF

Important Notes on Requirements:

Principal Investigators must:
  • hold a non-tenured faculty position; 
  • be a faculty member who holds a long-term position outside of the tenure track regardless of their position title or rank; or
  • hold a non-tenured or tenured faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank (or in an equivalent position). 

For the faculty category of applicants, the faculty ranking should be determined by the faculty rank at the proposal’s deadline date. Persons who hold transitional fixed-term postdoctoral appointments are not eligible to apply as PI, even if the appointment is classified as ‘faculty’ for administrative purposes. 

Additional Requirements:
  • Only single-PI proposals will be considered. No co-PIs should be included in the proposal.
  • An investigator may serve as PI on only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.
  • Host Institutions:
    • A host institution must be identified for these fellowships. An extended visit/relocation or a number of short periodic visits of the PI to the host institution is considered a primary feature of this fellowship activity. 
    • It is expected that the PI will complete, as minimum, a one-month extended visit to the host institution, or an equivalent of several periodic visits totaling one month over the duration of the award. 
    • A host site located within the PI’s current institutional system is not allowed. 
    • Work with the PI’s prior graduate or postdoctoral advisor is not encouraged unless the PI proposes to move in a new and independent research direction. 
    • Host sites may be academic institutions, government laboratories, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), or commercial or non-profit research centers. 
    • Host sites must be located within the United States or its territories.


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