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National Science Foundation: EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 (RII Track-2 FEC)

Date Posted: November 24, 2014
Deadline for Internal Competition: December 10, 2014
Agency Deadline for Full Proposal February 20, 2015
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: One: Only one RII Track-2 FEC proposal may be submitted in response to this solicitation by an organization in an RII-eligible jurisdiction. Subcontract proposals to other EPSCoR eligible institutions do not count against this limitation.

KU-L and KUMC: Considered independent organizations.
Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: An investigator may serve as PI or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.
Sponsor Website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15517/nsf15517.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
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The RII Track-2 FEC program builds inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in themes consistent with NSF priorities. In FY 2015, RII Track-2 FEC priorities include such areas as cognitive science and neuroscience, clean energy, and food security.

Projects are investigator-driven and must involve a collaborative team of investigators from at least two EPSCoR jurisdictions. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should specifically broaden participation through the 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). RII Track-2 FEC proposals are unique in their integration of researchers into collaborative teams, and must develop a diverse, well-prepared, STEM-enabled workforce necessary to sustain research competitiveness. Recruitment or development of diverse junior faculty is critical in achieving this goal. Proposals should clearly specify research and education goals, a timetable for achieving those goals, and an evaluation plan with measurable performance metrics.

To ensure maximum impact of limited EPSCoR funds, requests for funding must:

  • Add significantly and measurably to research capability in a designated focus area
  • Contribute to the advancement of research and innovation in the proposal’s focus area
  • Engage the full diversity of the participating jurisdictions’ resources in STEM workforce development
  • Outline clear plans for the recruitment or development of diverse junior faculty, and
  • Present a detailed strategy to generate subsequent, sustained non-EPSCoR funding from federal, jurisdictional, or private sector sources.
RII Track-2 FEC award amount depends on the size of the collaboration. If institutions from two RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdictions collaborate on a proposal, the award amount may not exceed $1 million per year. If institutions from three or more RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdictions collaborate on a proposal, the award amount may not exceed $1.5 million per year.
Limited Submission Proposals Procedure: http://policy.ku.edu/research/institutional-endorsement
Pre-Proposal Procedure:
If you plan to submit a pre-proposal, please send notice to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu one week prior to the internal deadline. This information will assist KU Research in organizing the review committee.
The pre-proposal should include:
  1. a three-page narrative describing the proposed research including
    • key personnel and partnerships– must include at least one subcontract with an institution in an EPSCoR jurisdiction outside the state of Kansas
    • addressing any special components requested in the agency's solicitation (See page 21 for Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria)
    • a generalized yearly budget and
  2. a two-page CV for the PI and all co-investigators including
    • funding history, current, and pending support

Investigators may include suggestions of faculty members whom they believe are especially well qualified to evaluate pre-proposals for this initiative. Please submit this material electronically to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu at KU Research, by 5:00 p.m. on 12/10/2014.

If the number of interested parties exceeds the mandated limit, an internal review committee will be formed to review all preliminary proposals. KU Research's intent is to select the proposers by Friday, December 19, 2014. This will give the candidates 8 weeks to prepare for the proposal submission.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy at rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu or 864-7434.

Contact: Nancy Biles 785-864-7434