EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows  (RII Track-4) NSF Wide Programs

Name Email Phone Room
Jose  Colom-Ustariz jcolom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7088   
Jeanne  Small jsmall@nsf.gov (703) 292-8623   
Ann  Stapleton astaplet@nsf.gov (703) 292-7231   
JD  Swanson jswanson@nsf.gov (703) 292-2898   
Timothy  M. VanReken tvanreke@nsf.gov (703) 292-7378   
Chinonye  Nnakwe Whitley cwhitley@nsf.gov (703) 292-8458   


Solicitation  20-543

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    April 13, 2021

    Second Tuesday in April, Annually Thereafter




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. EPSCoR jurisdictions that are eligible for RII competitions are listed in the RII Eligibility table, which can be found here. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry 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. One of the strategic goals of the EPSCoR program is to establish sustainable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professional development pathways that advance STEM workforce development.

RII Track-4 provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of non-tenured investigators and to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers.   Through collaborative research visits at the host site, fellowship awardees will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions. The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows’ research trajectories well beyond the award period.  These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to in turn improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly.  Those submitting proposals must either hold a non-tenured faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or an early-career career-track appointment at an eligible non-degree-granting institution.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program