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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 15-566 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 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Twenty-five states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands currently participate. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a region/jurisdiction's research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness.

Research infrastructure improvement (RII) Grants are 36 or 48 month awards of up to a total of $9 million to support infrastructure improvements in research areas selected by the jurisdiction's EPSCoR governing committee as having the best potential to improve future R&D competitiveness.

Program contacts

James Gosz
Senior Program Director
jgosz@nsf.gov (703) 292-4965
Julio E. Lopez-Ferrao
Program Director
jlopezfe@nsf.gov (703) 292-5183
Karen L. Sandberg
Program Director
ksandber@nsf.gov (703) 292-4828

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