Nevada System of Higher Education Announcement
Nevada NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Program
Researchers should start forming preliminary teams now!
Nevada will be eligible to submit a new proposal to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1) program in 2019. NSF limits EPSCoR-eligible states to a single RII Track-1 proposal submission. Therefore, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) will conduct a pre-proposal competition to assist NSHE in identifying the pre-proposal most likely to result in an award under NSF’s 2019 competition.
NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 awards
RII Track-1 awards provide up to $4 million per year for up to five years. They are intended to increase the research competitiveness of jurisdictions by improving their academic research infrastructure in areas of science and engineering supported by NSF and critical to the jurisdiction’s science and technology plan. NSF EPSCoR’s website has more details on the Track-1 program, the most recent solicitation, and active awards.
Finalized Theme Requirements
The proposed research theme must be of national importance and have the best potential to improve Nevada’s future research and development competitiveness. As determined by the NSHE Research Affairs Council and the Nevada EPSCoR Advisory Committee, proposed research topics must have these features:
- alignment with priorities in the 2015 NSHE Science and Technology Plan;
- alignment with current scientific and engineering grand challenges, either NSF’s Big Research Ideas or NSF-relevant grand challenges put forth by other agencies or entities;
- topics funded by NSF’s regular programmatic and cross-cutting areas; and
- leverage the strengths of all NSHE research institutions.
Alignment with NSF’s Big Process Ideas is desirable but not required.
More details on the research theme will be announced in the Request for Pre-Proposals, which will be released in mid-August 2018. Submitted pre-proposals will be peer-reviewed and one pre-proposal will be selected to move forward to full proposal development starting in January 2019. Proposal submission to NSF is expected to be in late July 2019.
What can NSHE researchers do now?
In preparation for submitting a pre-proposal, NSHE researchers should start discussions and form preliminary teams now to develop concepts, research questions, and expected impacts on strategic research topics. Since this is a statewide program, teams should be well represented with researchers from UNLV, UNR, and DRI. Working as an integrated team is essential!
Discussion Forum Interested in joining or starting a team? Connect with researchers from other institutions through posts on the Discussion Forum.
For more information please contact: Gayle Dana, Nevada NSF EPSCoR Project Director & State EPSCoR Director; firstname.lastname@example.org 530-414-3170
|Pre-proposal solicitation released||mid August 2018|
|Pre-proposal workshop||early September 2018|
|Letter of Intent due||October 1, 2018|
|Pre-proposals due||mid November 2018|
|External review completed||early January 2019|
|Winning pre-proposal selected||early January 2019|
|Full proposal development begins||mid January 2019|
|Solicitation released by NSF||early May 2019*|
|Proposal due to NSF||July 31, 2019*|
|Notification of Awards||Spring 2020|
|Awards made||Summer 2020|
 NSF’s Big Research Ideas: 1) Harnessing the Data Revolution; 2) The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier; 3) Navigating the New Arctic; 4) Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics; 5) The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution; 6) Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype
 NSF’s Big Process Ideas: 1) Mid-scale Research Infrastructure; 2) NSF 2026; 3) Growing Convergence Research; 4) NSF INCLUDES