NSF EPSCoR began in 1979 as a federal-state partnership designed to help America maintain its global leadership by capitalizing on talents and resources available in all states of the union.  EPSCoR enhances research competitiveness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in targeted jurisdictions. The goals of NSF EPSCoR include: catalyze research capabilities across and among jurisdictions, establish STEM professional development pathways, broaden participation of diverse groups in STEM, effect engagement in STEM at national and global levels, and impact jurisdictional (state) economic development.

Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grants

Alabama researchers are eligible for four NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grants:  Tracks 1, 2, 3, and 4, which work to improve the research and development competitiveness of researchers within the jurisdiction.

Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track 1

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NSF RII Track 1 grants are intended to improve the research competitiveness of jurisdictions by improving their academic research infrastructure in areas of science and engineering supported by the NSF and critical to the particular jurisdiction’s science and technology initiative or plan.  These areas must be identified by the jurisdiction’s EPSCoR governing committee as having the best potential to improve the jurisdiction’s future research and development competitiveness. Funding level is up to $4M per year for up to five years.


Co-Funding

Alabama is eligible for NSF Co-funding. NSF Co-funding is an internal program within NSF that selects meritorious proposals to be funded through combined support between the EPSCoR office and the other seven NSF Directorates.

Co-Funding

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Alabama is eligible for NSF Co-funding. NSF Co-funding is an internal program within NSF that selects meritorious proposals to be funded through combined support between the EPSCoR office and the other seven NSF Directorates (Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, and Education and Human Resources).