RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) awards build inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII-eligible jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity.
RII Track-2 FEC awards provide up to $1 million per year for up to four years as collaborative awards between two EPSCoR jurisdictions OR up to $1.5 million per year for up to four years to a consortia of three or more EPSCoR jurisdictions.
The proposals for RII Track-2 FEC awards require both a Letter of Intent (LOI) and a Full Proposal. The deadline LOI for the most recent Program Solicitation was January 10, 2017 with a Full Proposal deadline of February 10, 2017. A new solicitation for the RII Track-2 is likely to be released in the fall of 2017.
Only one submission per university as PI/Prime is allowed and a single proposal is submitted for a project. There is no limit on the number of co-PI’s per university. Support for non-lead collaborating institutions should be requested as sub-awards. Separately submitted collaborative proposals are not allowed. Each proposal must have at least one collaborator from an academic institution or organization in a different RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction as a co-Principal Investigator (co-PI). Proposals with a PI and all co-PIs from the same jurisdiction will be returned without review. The FY2017 eligibility table for EPSCoR jurisdictions is found here.
- The recruitment and/or development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of successful proposals.
- Allowable RII Track-2 FEC award amounts depend on the number of participating EPSCoR jurisdictions. If two RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdictions collaborate on a proposal, the award amount may not exceed $1 million per year. If three or more RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdictions collaborate on a proposal, the award amount may not exceed $1.5 million per year. In either case, awards are for a maximum of four years.
- RII Track-2 FEC proposals are typically invited on a single topic area that is defined by NSF EPSCoR.
- A letter of intent (LOI) is typically required. LOIs must be submitted by the Authorized Organizational Representative of the submitting institution via FastLane on or before the LOI due date.
- PIs and co-PIs on current NSF EPSCoR RII awards with end dates later than October 31, 2017 are not eligible to submit proposals as a PI or co-PI for the upcoming competition.
An example of a recent Program Solicitation for the RII Track-2 program can be found here.