NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement
Western Tri‐State Consortium
Innovation Working Groups 2014
The Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico NSF EPSCoR‐funded programs have formed a consortium of EPSCoR states with
similar research agendas related to climate change and water resources, and cyberinfrastructure. The Western Tri‐State
Consortium significantly increases opportunities for scientific collaboration and enhances each state’s ability to secure
competitive funding and tackle complex research and cyberinfrastructure agenda. In keeping with the Consortium
mission, Innovation Working Group (IWG) funds are being made available to support collaborative, trans‐disciplinary work
by the three member states. The Western Tri‐State Consortium IWG program is managed by a three‐state team of
Project Directors and EPSCoR staff.
IWGs provide a venue for engaging scientists and educators, along with key nationally and internationally recognized
experts, to address the grand challenges that can transform science and education. This program supports working group
activities that are modeled after those hosted by the highly successful NSF‐supported National Center for Ecological
Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). Direct involvement in an EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII)‐funded
project is NOT a prerequisite for participation in this program. A strategic final objective of the IWGs is the submission of
proposals that target NSF cross‐cutting programs and/or the publication of synthesis papers in peer reviewed journals.
What IWG Funds Will Support
IWG funds are designated for projects that are clearly related to the research and education scopes of the current EPSCoR
RII Track 1 and Track 2 programs, as described in the original proposal of each Consortium state.