NSF EPSCoR uses three mechanisms to improve the research and development
competitiveness of researchers and institutions: Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grants,
the Co-funding Mechanism, and EPSCoR Outreach.
- RII grants:
These grants run for 60 months
and provide up to $20 million to support infrastructure improvements
in science and technology (S&T) areas chosen by the applying
jurisdiction's EPSCoR governing committee as being critical to
future R&D competitiveness. Click here to view RII eligibility.
- Co-funding Mechanism:
enables more awards to be made to researchers in EPSCoR jurisdictions
from the Foundation's ongoing research, education, and special
emphasis competitions, by providing partial support for those
proposals that merit review places at or near the cutoff for
funding by the reviewing program. This mechanism operates internally
within NSF and does not require any action on the part of the
proposer. Click here to view co-funding eligibility.
- EPSCoR Outreach:
provides financial support for outreach visits by NSF staff to
acquaint researchers in the EPSCoR jurisdictions with NSF priorities,
programs, and policies. EPSCoR Outreach also serves to acquaint
NSF staff more fully with the facilities, research activities,
and investigator expertise/potential within the EPSCoR jurisdictions. Click here to view eligibility for EPSCoR Outreach. Information on specific outreach procedures can be found by clicking here.