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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-582 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. Jurisdictions are eligible to participate in the NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program based on their level of total NSF support over their most recent five years (see RII eligibility). Through this program, NSF facilitates the establishment of partnerships among academic institutions and organizations in governmental, non-profit, and commercial or industrial sectors that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness.

Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 (RII Track-1) awards provide up to $20 million total over five years to support research-driven improvements to jurisdictions’ physical and cyber infrastructure and human capital development in topical areas selected by the jurisdiction's EPSCoR steering committee as having the best potential to improve future R&D competitiveness. The project’s research and capacity-building activities must align with the specific research priorities identified in the submitting jurisdiction’s approved Science and Technology (S&T) Plan. Refer to Sections II and V.A.4.1 below for more information on alignment of the research and capacity-building activities of the project with the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research priorities of the S&T Plan.

Program contacts

Jeanne Small
jsmall@nsf.gov (703) 292-8623 OD/OIA
Timothy M. VanReken
tvanreke@nsf.gov (703) 292-7378 OD/OIA
Subrata Acharya
acharyas@nsf.gov (703) 292-2451 OD/OIA
Jose Colom-Ustariz
jcolom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7088 OD/OIA
Andrea Johnson
andjohns@nsf.gov (703) 292-5164 OD/OIA
Eric W. Lindquist
elindqui@nsf.gov (703) 292-7127 OD/OIA
JD Swanson
jswanson@nsf.gov (703) 292-2898 OD/OIA
Chinonye Nnakwe Whitley
cwhitley@nsf.gov (703) 292-8458

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