Currently Closed – EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)

Deadline: February 28, 2017

NSF has just released the new EPSCoR Track-4 Solicitation for the current funding year. RII Track-4 provides opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation's premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through these visits, the EPSCoR Research Fellows will be able to learn new techniques, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and shift their research toward transformative new directions. The experience gained through the fellowship is intended to provide a foundation for research collaborations that span the recipient’s entire career. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn enhance the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions. PIs must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment or its close equivalent, either in the form of a pre-tenure tenure-track position or a long-term non-tenure-track position.

      • Any research topic within NSF's traditional portfolio will be considered for support.
      • Awards may not exceed $300,000 over a two-year period.
      • Up to six months of salary support will be provided to the PI for the period of her/his fellowship visit(s). In addition, each award will provide support for the PI’s travel between the home institution and host site as well as living expenses while at the host site.
      • Up to six months of salary support and travel and living expenses may also be requested for one additional trainee-level researcher (typically a graduate student or postdoctoral member of the PI’s group).
      • A small amount of additional support will be allowed to cover direct costs associated with the work to be completed at the host site (e.g., purchasing supplies, shipping equipment, publication costs, etc.).
      • Proposals must identify a single host site and the host site must be located in the United States or its territories. Host sites may be academic institutions, government laboratories, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), or commercial or non-profit research centers.

Full Proposal Deadline: February 28, 2017

Who May Submit Proposals

      • Institutions of higher education (Ph.D.-granting and non-Ph.D.-granting), acting on behalf of their faculty members, that are accredited in and have a campus in the United States, its territories or possessions. Distinct academic campuses (e.g., that award their own degrees, have independent administrative structures, admissions policies, alumni associations, etc.) within multi-campus systems qualify as separate submission-eligible institutions.
      • Not-for-profit, non-degree-granting domestic U.S. organizations, acting on behalf of their employees, that include (but are not limited to) independent museums and science centers, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies, and similar organizations that are directly associated with the Nation's research or educational activities. These organizations must have an independent, permanent administrative organization (e.g., an Office of Sponsored Projects) located in the United States, its territories or possessions, and have 501(c)(3) tax status.

Who May Serve as PI

      • PIs of proposed RII Track-4 projects must have their primary appointment with the submitting organization.
      • PIs must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment, or its close equivalent. This may be in the form of a pre-tenure tenure-track position or a long-term non-tenure-track position. Persons holding transitional (< 3 years) fixed-term postdoctoral appointments are not eligible for this program.
      • Only single-PI proposals will be considered. No co-PIs should be included on the proposal.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization

      • Only three RII Track-4 proposals may be submitted in response to this solicitation by any single organization in a RII-eligible jurisdiction. If more than three proposals are received from any single institution for the RII Track-4 competition, all proposals from that institution are subject to Return Without Review.

Click for more information on the NSF EPSCoR RII Track-4 EPSCoR Research Fellows funding opportunity.

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