RII Track-4 (RII Track-4) EPSCoR Research Fellows provide opportunities for non-tenured investigators to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative lists 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.
The deadline for the most recent RII Track-4 Program Solicitation was February 28, 2017. The solicitation for the RII Track-4 program was released in October 2016.
Requirements and Proposals
Proposals may only be submitted by organizations located in RII-eligible jurisdictions. The eligibility table is located below. These organizations may be institutions of higher education (Ph.D. granting and non-Ph.D. granting) 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. Also, not-for-profit, non-degree-granting domestic U.S. organizations 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 located in the United States, its territories or possessions, and have 501(c)(3) tax status.
The Principal Investigators (PIs) must be non-tenured faculty (or equivalent) whose primary appointment is at the submitting organization. No co-PIs are allowed. Host sites for fellowship projects must be located within the United States, its territories, or possessions. Host sites may be a government laboratory, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, a commercial or non-profit research center, or an academic institution.
- Only three RII Track-4 proposals 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.
- An investigator may serve as PI on only one proposal submitted.
- No Letter of Intent or preliminary proposal submission is required.
- Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
RII Track-4 awards will provide support for Principal Investigators (PIs) to spend extended periods of time at premier research facilities within the United States and its territories (the “Host Site”). 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.).
An example for the most recent Program Solicitation from the RII Track-4 awards can be found here.