Nevada NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Program Pre-Proposal

Deadlines:
Letters of Intent:  Monday, October 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PT.
Pre-Proposals:  Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PT.

Overview

Nevada will be eligible to submit a new proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 (RII Track-1) in July 2019.

NSF limits EPSCoR-eligible states to a single RII Track-1 proposal submission. Therefore, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) hereby invites interested research teams to submit pre-proposals (which must be preceded by an LOI) for evaluation by an external panel of reviewers, assisting NSHE in identifying the pre-proposal most likely to result in an award under NSF’s 2019 competition.

The proposed research program is the centerpiece of an RII Track-1 project. The focal point of an RII Track-1 proposal is hypothesis- and/or problem-driven research that requires a comprehensive and integrative approach to a grand challenge in a scientific area of regional or jurisdictional importance and relevance. The intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activities are expected to provide the rationale for the requested infrastructure investments that, in turn, enhance the overall research capacity and competitiveness of the jurisdiction.

Eligibility

Pre-proposal PIs must be affiliated with UNR, UNLV, or DRI. NSHE’s appointed NSF EPSCoR Project Director provides leadership and oversight for successful implementation of the NSF EPSCoR RII awards and has overall responsibility for NSF EPSCoR Programs in Nevada. PIs and co-PIs identified in the pre-proposal will work as part of a team with the NSF EPSCoR Project Director and Nevada EPSCoR staff in the development of a full proposal and project implementation upon award.

Funding

The award is expected to provide federal funding of $20M total over five years, with $15M dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research activities supported by NSF. The remaining $5M in federal funds along with a $4M in required state match will fund education, workforce development, communication, evaluation, sustainability, management and administration activities required by the RII Track-1 program.

Please read the full SOLICITATION for all relevant details.  Download PDF to view “paperclipped” attachments.

A workshop about this solicitation will be held Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Nevada System of Higher Education System Administration Offices in Reno and Las Vegas. A Blue Jeans link for remote viewing will be sent to all registered participants. Participation in this workshop is not mandatory for submission of an LOI and pre-proposal. Click here to register. To view the workshop slides, click here. To view a recording of this workshop, click here

An optional team building workshop is being organized by DRI, UNLV and UNR to facilitate team-building for the upcoming NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 pre-proposal submission. Click here for more information. 

Interested in joining or starting a team? Connect with researchers from other institutions through posts on the Discussion Forum.

STEP 1 – Submit Letter of Intent (LOI) online: Due Monday, October 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PT. CLICK HERE to submit LOI. To view the complete list of LOIs received, click here

STEP 2 – Submit Pre-Proposal online: Due Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PT.  Click NEXT below to fill out the cover page and upload and submit your pre-proposal. 

If you are having difficulty with any of the online forms or submitting documents as part of this solicitation, please contact Mayara Cueto-Diaz, mcueto-diaz@nshe.nevada.edu, 702-522-7083. 

*Photo by Scotty Strachan, University of Nevada, Reno

Request for Proposals: GEAR UP Fiscal Year 2019 Subgrant

Request for Proposals: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Fiscal Year 2019 Subgrant

Announcement for: University of Nevada, Reno; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Nevada State College; College of Southern Nevada; Truckee Meadows Community College; Great Basin College; Western Nevada College

*Download RFP document to see attachments.

2018-2019 NASA Space Grant Research Infrastructure – 6/4/18 deadline to apply

The Nevada Space Grant Consortium (NVSGC) seeks to develop a diverse and capable Nevada STEM workforce by providing funds for NASA-related faculty research and/or workforce development projects. Selected faculty projects will enhance Nevada’s research infrastructure and/or provide authentic “hands-on” research opportunities for students in topic areas such as:  unmanned aerial systems, aeronautics (including high altitude balloon projects), planetary geology, astrochemistry, astrophysics, astrobiology, biodiversity/biology, new satellite data systems, remote sensing, sustainability, agricultural science, climate change, hydrological impacts under a changing climate, and STEM education.  These funds should not augment existing funded research projects. 

2018 NV NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Seed Grant – 6/4/18 deadline to apply

The programmatic focus is to further engage and utilize Nevada’s unique resources and talent for enhancing greater scientific discovery and developing new technologies to address NASA’s goals. The request for seed grant funds may be based on outcomes from prior workshops/meetings with NASA Personnel; however, these funds should not augment existing funded research projects. Research Infrastructure Development (RID) activities should target unique activities that increase Nevada’s competitiveness.

Nevada DOE EPSCoR Funding Opportunity

REVISED – April 3, 2018*

*Due to a change in eligibility determination from DOE, each institution may now submit one proposal. Please contact your sponsored programs office for more information about your institution’s internal process.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences has released Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001897) for Building EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships.  These partnerships are to advance fundamental early-stage energy research collaborations with the DOE national laboratories.   The research must be of public benefit within DOE’s Congressionally-authorized mission-space.

Applicants must propose scientific collaborations that partner academic, non-profit, or industrial researchers in EPSCoR jurisdictions and research staff at DOE national laboratories. These partnerships should leverage capabilities of DOE national laboratories, particularly their user facilities.

Participation by undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdocs is required. Junior faculty are encouraged to apply.

If selected to advance to a full proposal, the National laboratory partners must provide a letter of commitment confirming their willingness to collaborate on the project for the application (endorsed by both the national laboratory collaborator and an appropriate member of laboratory management who is authorized to commit the laboratory to the collaboration).

*Photo by Scotty Strachan, University of Nevada, Reno

2018 Nevada NASA EPSCoR Request for CAN LOI & Pre-proposals – 05/21/18 LOI deadline

The Nevada NASA EPSCoR program requests Letter of Intent (LOI) and Pre-proposals for the National NASA EPSCoR Research CAN. Faculty at Nevada System of Higher Education institutions, particularly junior faculty, women, and members of other underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. Faculty who have a current National NASA EPSCoR Research CAN project are not eligible to apply while their project is on-going. Pre-proposals must include Co-PIs from at least three NSHE institutions.

Solar NEXUS Technical Assistance for Proposal Writing

Nevada’s NSF EPSCoR Track-1 program provides funding to provide technical assistance for proposal and manuscript preparation for all NSHE faculty to promote competitive attainment of follow-on funding to current Track-1 research efforts (Solar Energy, Water-Energy Nexus, Environment *requestors must make the case that the topic of their proposal/manuscript is directly aligned with the Nexus topics).

Requests to provide assistance for preparation of proposals being submitted to all funding agencies will be considered, but priority will be given those being submitted to NSF. Priority also will be given to investigators without strong funding histories. These priorities do not mean that others cannot receive assistance.

Requests to provide assistance for preparation of manuscripts being submitted to all peer-reviewed journals will be considered, but priority will be given to those being submitted to journals that are prestigious within the topic area and command national attention. Assistance will not be provided for manuscripts being prepared for conference proceedings.

*Requestors must make the case that the topic of their proposal/manuscript is directly aligned with the Nexus topics.

If you have difficulties submitting the online application form, please contact Marcie Jackson or (702) 522-7079

Once submitted, this application will be sent directly to the Project Director, Gayle Dana. You will receive a response as soon as possible. Approval is contingent upon Mr. Kreidberg’s availability.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Project Director by e-mail.

2018-2019 Graduate Research Opportunity Fellowship – 04/02/2018 deadline to apply

The Nevada Space Grant Consortium announces available funding for the 2018-2019 Graduate Research Opportunity Fellowship. Graduate students at UNLV or UNR may apply.  Students must be citizens of the United States. Faculty who are involved in the administration of the Space Grant activities at the state level and who are not compensated from the award funds need not be United States citizens.

2018-2019 Higher Education: Curriculum Development and Hands-on-Training (HE) Faculty Competition – 3/12/18 deadline to apply

In anticipation of receiving a one-year funded extension of Nevada’s current Space Grant award, NVSGC announces available funding for the 2018-2019 Higher Education (HE) Faculty Competition. Faculty at any Nevada System of Higher Education institution may apply.  Important Change: Given new clarifications we received from the general counsel for NASA’s Office of Education, non-U.S. citizen faculty may now submit proposals for this solicitation.

2018-2019 Informal Education (IE) Faculty Competition – 3/12/18 deadline to apply

In anticipation of receiving a one-year funded extension of Nevada’s current Space Grant award, NVSGC announces available funding for the 2018-2019 Informal Education (IE) Faculty Competition. Faculty at any Nevada System of Higher Education institution may apply.  Important Change: Given new clarifications we received from the general counsel for NASA’s Office of Education, non-U.S. citizen faculty may now submit proposals for this solicitation.

2018-2019 Pre-College Educator Program (Pre-Ed) Faculty Competition – 3/12/18 deadline to apply

In anticipation of receiving a one-year funded extension of Nevada’s current Space Grant award, NVSGC announces available funding for the 2018-2019 Pre-College Educator Program (Pre-Ed) Faculty Competition. Faculty at any Nevada System of Higher Education institution may apply.  Important Change: Given new clarifications we received from the general counsel for NASA’s Office of Education, non-U.S. citizen faculty may now submit proposals for this solicitation.