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

Deadline: December 10, 2016

NSF has just released the new EPSCoR Track-2 Solicitation for the current funding year. While the format remains 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 recently announced new research thrusts, the single topic area to be supported this year is “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 coming 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 wish to consider application to the program should engage in discussion with their Offices of Vice-President for Research on procedures that will be followed to determine the faculty team selected to serve as the LEAD proposal for that institution in the NSF competition. The SC EPSCoR/IDeA State Office is asking each research campus to identify the single proposal they intend to sponsor in this capacity by December 10, 2016. The scope of the submissions should be as follows:

      1. Proposals will need to describe a collaboration with faculty from one or more institutions located within other EPSCoR eligible jurisdictions.
      2. Proposals are 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 develops, we encourage 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 are due by January 10, 2017, with final proposals due February 10, 2017.

Once the representative proposal from each research institution is selected, EPSCoR/IDeA will make available awards to provide accessible seed funding for project teams to enhance the development of their submissions. In the past, these funds have been 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 would come in the form of a mini-proposal submitted to the EPSCoR Office with details to be released prior to December 10, 2016.

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