Currently Closed – EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)

Deadline: December 10, 2016

In last 2016, NSF released a new EPSCoR Track-2 Solicitation for the current funding year. While the format remained essentially the same as the past two years (e.g., only one proposal per institution “lead,” and proposals must be collaborative with other EPSCoR jurisdictions), consistent with NSF’s research thrusts, the single topic area supported was “Genomes to Phenomes.” The solicitation may be found here.

South Carolina has been quite successful with Track-2 applications since 2015, with two new awards given in 2016 to investigators at Clemson (Stephen Foulger, PI) and USC (Andreas Heyden, Co-PI), click here.

Track-2 applications require significant planning, incorporating collaboration across multiple states/EPSCoR jurisdictions and often across multiple research and undergraduate institutions within the state, and typically have a 10-15% funding rate. With this in mind, each of South Carolina’s Major Research Institutions who wished to consider application to the program engaged in discussion with their Offices of Vice-President for Research on procedures that were followed to determine the faculty team selected to serve as the LEAD proposal for that institution in the NSF competition. The scope of the submissions were as follows:

      1. Proposals needed to describe a collaboration with faculty from one or more institutions located within other EPSCoR eligible jurisdictions.
      2. Proposals were expected to be able to request up to a maximum of $500K/yr per participating institution, with a maximum of $1.5M/yr, regardless of the number of participating institutions.

As the proposal development process developed, we encouraged research teams from the major research institutions to actively engage South Carolina’s predominantly undergraduate institutions and HBCUs to find opportunities for collaboration and outreach where appropriate. Letters of intent to NSF were due in January 2017, with final proposals due in February.

Once the representative proposal from each research institution was selected, EPSCoR/IDeA made available awards to provide accessible seed funding for project teams to enhance the development of their submissions. In the past, these funds were allocated to provide money for travel for SC investigators to other jurisdictions to write the text of the proposal, host local workshops for this purpose (though we cannot pay travel for those out-of-state), costs for reviewers/consultants (travel and honoraria) for on-site or off-site review, or assist with technical writing, figure preparation, etc. as appropriate. Requests came in the form of a mini-proposal submitted to the EPSCoR Office with details released prior to December 2016.

Please contact the SC EPSCoR/IDeA State Office (April Heyward, Program Manager, email) with any questions.