Limited Submission: NSF 16-557 EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1: (RII Track-1)

If you are interested in submitting a NSF 16-557 EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1: (RII Track-1) proposal, send an abstract no more than three pages in length to by the internal deadline of Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at noon. Follow Illinois Tech’s guidelines for internal competitions available here.

  • Institutional Limit: One
  • Internal Deadline: June 7, 2016 at noon
  • Letter of Intent Due: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Synopsis of Program:

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. A jurisdiction is eligible to participate in EPSCoR programs if its level of NSF research support is equal to or less than 0.75 percent of the total NSF research and related activities budget for the most recent three year period (see eligibility table). 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.

Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 (RII Track-1) awards provide up to $20 million total for five years to support physical, human, and cyberinfrastructure improvements in research areas selected by the jurisdiction’s EPSCoR steering committee as having the best potential to improve future R&D competitiveness of the jurisdiction.


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