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NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) - NSF-20-504

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional 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 with complementary expertise and resources necessary to tackle those projects, which neither party could address as well or rapidly alone. 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. For FY 2020, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: "Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.”

A single proposal is submitted for a project. Support for non-lead collaborating organizations should be requested as subawards. Separately submitted collaborative proposals are not allowed. Each participating EPSCoR jurisdiction must have at least one co-PI on the project. Proposals that do not comply with these requirements will be considered not responsive, and will be returned without review.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Limited Submission
UNLV is limited to ONE application.
OSP Required Notice of Intent Due: 11/04/2019
Submit NOI via the Limited Submission Portal
No late submissions will be considered.

Sponsor Letter of Intent Due: 12/20/2019
Sponsor Full Proposal Due: 01/24/2020
47.041 Engineering; 47.049 Mathematical and Physical Sciences; 47.050 Computer and Information Science and Engineering; 47.074 Biological Sciences; 47.075 Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences; 47.076 Education and Human Resources; 47.079 Office of International Science and Engineering; and 47.083 Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
Collaborator: 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). See EPSCoR eligible jurisdictions below.

Cover Page: There must be one co-PI listed on the cover page from each participating jurisdiction.

Proposals : All proposals must promote collaborations among researchers in EPSCoR jurisdictions and emphasize the recruitment/development of diverse early career faculty and STEM education and workforce development on the single topic: " Harnessing Big Data to solve problems of national importance. "

Award Amount : $4,000,000 - $6,000,000

Award Period: Up to 4 years

Cost Sharing : Not required
The following EPSCoR jurisdictions are RII-eligible for the FY 2020 RII Track-2 FEC competition: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho,Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico,Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, US Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Questions? Contact Althea Sheets, Awards Manager,, 702-895-1880.