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Limited Submission Notice: Limited Submission Notice: NSF EPSCoR Track II Research Infrastructure Improvement Program FY2024


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.

Solicitation can be found 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 two-to-three page white paper to by July 21, 2023.

Your white paper should describe the describe the work to be undertaken, including the (1) motivation and rationale for establishing the collaboration, the (2) research and workforce development goal(s) and objectives, (3) expected significance of the proposed activities, (4) how the proposed project addresses the identified research focus area for this solicitation, and a 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 this is a resubmission, please outline major changes between the submissions.

White papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Intellectual Merit and Research Capacity. Potential for the proposed activity to advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields while simultaneously enhancing research competitiveness and research capacity and infrastructure at the participating institutions.
  • Broader Impacts. Potential for the proposed activity to benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes.
  • Interjurisdictional Collaboration. Demonstrates a balanced, sustained, and collaborative effort that will positively impact each participating jurisdiction and its respective target population by leveraging the proposed climate change and climate resilience research.
  • Workforce Development. Potential for the proposed activities to contribute to the preparation of a diverse, new cadre of skilled researchers, innovators, and educators who represents the diversity of the nation.
  • Jurisdictional Impacts. Potential to achieve meaningful and sustained impacts within the jurisdictions with respect to their education capacity, economic development, and quality of life.
  • Integration of Project Elements. Clear and robust integration of research, education, workforce development, sustainability, project coordination, and evaluation activities.

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:

  • 7/21/2023 – White paper due to We encourage you cc your Dean for visibility as well.
  • 8/01/2023 – Internal Awardees Notified
  • 12/19/2023 – Letter of Intent (required)
  • 1/16/2024 – Full proposal due to OSP
  • 1/23/2024 – Full proposal due to NSF

Important Note on Requirements:

  • 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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