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Limited Submission Notice: NSF, EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII): EPSCoR Research Fellows


National Science Foundation (NSF)


The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) RII: EPSCoR Research Fellows program provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of investigators to further develop their individual research potential through collaborations with investigators from the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research institutions and/or centers. The fellowship provides opportunities to establish strong collaborations through extended or periodic collaborative visits to a selected host site. In exchange, the Fellows are expected to improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly.

For more information, view the full EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII): EPSCoR Research Fellows (NSF 24-528)


Up to $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, PIs must first submit a one- to two-page white paper to by 4 pm on February 12, 2024.

Your white paper should describe the work to be undertaken, including (1) a brief description of the research plan with clear goals and outcomes, (2) how the PI, Boise State and Idaho will benefit from the fellowship, and (3) how the benefits to the PI’s research career will be sustained beyond the award period.

White papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Clearly demonstrates the proposed research goals and outcomes.
  • Strong potential for the fellowship to have a transformative impact on the trajectory of the PI’s research career both during the period of the award and beyond.
  • Clearly describes the tangible benefits to the Boise State and Idaho research landscape.
  • Advances knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines.
  • Demonstrates the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific societal outcomes.

Key Submission Dates:

  • February 12, 2024 by 4 pm – White papers due to (we encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well)
  • February 21, 2024 – Anticipated date applicants will be notified of approval
  • April 15, 2024 – All final proposal documents due to OSP
  • April 22, 2024 – Full proposal due to NSF

Important Note on Sponsor Requirements:

Boise State is not eligible for the EPSCoR Research Fellows: @NASA track.

PI Eligibility

  • Those submitting proposals must be in an early-career, or mid-career-track position at an eligible non-degree-granting organization or hold a non-tenured or tenured faculty position at the Lecturer, Research Faculty, Assistant or Associate Professor rank (or in an equivalent position) at an institution of higher education.
  • Those submitting proposals must be positioned to build sustainable research capacity at the home institution during and beyond the fellowship, which generally takes three years or more.
  • Non-tenured research assistant professors or lecturers are eligible to apply for this opportunity if they have a long-term appointment.
  • Only single-PI proposals will be considered. No co-PIs should be included in the proposal.
  • Persons who hold transitional fixed-term postdoctoral appointments are not eligible to apply as PI, even if their organizations classify such appointments as ‘faculty’ for administrative purposes.
  • Previous or current Research Fellows are not eligible to apply for the EPSCoR Research Fellows program.
  • An investigator may serve as PI on only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.

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