The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was started by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1978 when Congress authorized the agency to create a new program in response to broad public concerns about the extent of geographical concentration of federal funding of research and development (R&D). Eligibility for EPSCoR participation is limited to those jurisdictions (including states and territories) that have historically received lesser amounts of federal R&D funding and have demonstrated a commitment to develop their research bases and to improve the quality of the science, technology, and engineering research conducted at their universities and colleges.
The success of the NSF EPSCoR program during the 1980s subsequently prompted the creation of EPSCoR and EPSCoR-like programs that currently exist in four other federal agencies: the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and, the largest of all, the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
During FY 2016, ALEPSCoR was eligible to participate in EPSCoR programs associated with NSF, DOE, and NASA but became ineligible for USDA EPSCoR funding. In addition, ALEPSCoR is currently ineligible for participation in the EPSCoR program associated with the NIH (known as IDeA: Institutional Development Award).
The following tables are designed to provide a convenient and accessible method of determining funding opportunities available through the EPSCoR program.
|(Additional Information on each award can be found by clicking the award title)||Number of Submissions Allowed||Institutions/
Individuals Eligible to Submit Proposals
|Most Recent Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)||Funding Amount Available||Deadline for Submission|
|Research Infrastructure Improvement Awards (RII)||Track 1||Statewide Research Infrastructure Improvement||1 submission per jurisdiction (state or territory)||ALEPSCoR Participating Institutions per ALEPSCoR Steering Committee recommendation; Additional Restrictions Apply (see FOA); only 1 ongoing award is possible per jurisdiction, more detailed eligibility criteria within FOA||https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17562/nsf17562.pdf||Up to $20 million over 5 years||Pending Announcement|
|Track 2||Focused EPSCoR Collaborations||1 submission per submitting organization (required in addition to PI from EPSCoR jurisdiction: 1 collaborator from an academic institution in a different RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction as a co-PI)||Alabama Universities and Institutions; Additional Restrictions Apply (see FOA)||https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17503/nsf17503.pd||$5 million to $7.5 million (approximately four years; award amount is restricted based on the number of eligible jurisdictions participating in the project)||Letter of Intent: November 27, 2017 (by 5pm submitter’s local time)
Full proposal: January 26, 2018 (by 5pm submitter’s local time)
|Track 3||Broadening Participation||No submission guidelines available||Underrepresented groups in STEM fields||Up to $750,000 for up to 5 years||No deadline available|
|Track 4||Research Fellowships||3 proposals from each submitting organization||Non-Tenured Investigators||https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17509/nsf17509.pdf||Up to $300,000 over 2 years||February 28, 2017 (currently closed)|
|Co-Funding of Disciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research||Direct submissions for co-funding are not allowed. NSF EPSCoR Co-funding is made through an internal ‘fund-if-possible’ mechanism for eligible EPSCoR jurisdictions.|
|Workshops and Outreach||All jurisdictions that currently participate in EPSCoR are eligible to submit workshop proposals. Non-EPSCoR institutions and individuals may participate in the collaborative workshop activities, but they cannot lead the workshop proposal effort, nor can they be recipients of NSF EPSCoR funds.||There are no restrictions or limits.||PI must be from within an EPSCoR jurisdiction. No other restrictions or limits.||https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12588/nsf12588.pdf||Up to $100,000 for one year||Proposals Accepted Anytime|
|(Additional Information on each award can be found by clicking the award title)||Number of Submissions Allowed||Institutions/Individuals Eligible to Submit Proposals||Most Recent Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)||Funding Amount Available||Deadline for Submission|
|Implementation Grants||1 submission per jurisdiction (state or territory), a letter of endorsement from the ALEPSCoR Steering Committee must accompany the application||There was originally a limit of only one active Implementation Grant per state or territory at a time. As this limitation has been removed, any EPSCoR jurisdiction with a currently funded Implementation Grant or Grants may apply when there is an opening for Implementation Grants||https://science.energy.gov/~/media/grants/pdf/foas/2014/SC_FOA_0001087.pdf||Up to $2.5 million per year for 3 year initial period (funding may be renewed once for a period of up to 3 additional years); No state matching funds are required.||No current deadline (the most recent FOA is from 2014)|
|State/ National Laboratory Partnership Grants||Multiple submissions per EPSCoR jurisdiction are permitted (Additional restrictions apply, see FOA)||All types of applicants meeting the jurisdictional limitations (as described in the FOA) are eligible to apply||https://science.energy.gov/~/media/grants/pdf/foas/2016/SC_FOA_0001432.pdf||Up to $200,000 per year for up to 3 years; No state matching funds are required.||No current deadline (the most recent FOA is from 2016)|
|Office of Science Early Career Awards||Only 1 submission from each PI per annual competition. A PI may not participate in more than 3 Office of Science Early Career Awards||PIs within 10 years of having received a Ph.D. and are either untenured assistant professors on the tenure track, untenured associate professors on the tenure track, or full-time, nonpostdoctoral, permanent DOE national laboratory employees||https://science.energy.gov/~/media/grants/pdf/foas/2016/SC_FOA_0001625.pdf||Minimum of $750,000 over 5 years||No current deadline (the most recent FOA is from 2016)||Link to Frequently Asked Questions: https://science.energy.gov/~/media/early-career/pdf/FAQ_FY17.pdf|
|(Contact the Alabama Director for the Space Grant and EPSCoR projects: Dr. Dale Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org)||Number of Submissions Allowed||Institutions/Individuals Eligible to Submit Proposals||Most Recent Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)||Funding Amount Available||Deadline for Submission|
|Research Infrastructure Development Awards (RID)||Up to $125,000 per year||NASA intends to announce the RID opportunity every 3 to 5 years, pending funding availability|
|Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Awards||Up to $750,000 for a 3-year performance period||NASA announces these awards yearly, pending funding availability|
|EPSCoR International Space Station, or ISS, Flight Opportunity Awards||Up to $100,000 for a 3-year performance period||NASA announces these awards yearly, pending funding availability|