2019 Nevada NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Program

Nevada System of Higher Education Announcement

Nevada NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Program

Researchers should start forming preliminary teams now!

 

The Opportunity

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 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. These areas must have the best potential to improve the jurisdiction’s future R&D competitiveness. NSF EPSCoR’s website has more details on the Track-1 program, the most recent solicitation, and active awards.

Nevada NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Proposal Process

The Track-1 research theme must: 1) be a topic that is identified as a priority in the 2015 Nevada Science and Technology Plan; 2) be a topic normally funded by NSF; and 3) leverage the current strengths of DRI, UNLV, and UNR. It is strongly encouraged that the research area is in alignment with one or more of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas.

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; gayle.dana@dri.edu   530-414-3170

Draft Timeline 

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

 

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.

FY18 Request for Proposals – 05/23/17 deadline to apply

The State of Nevada has been awarded a GEAR UP Grant of approximately $21 million over a seven-year period by the United States Department of Education (USDE), Higher Education Office. The federal objective of the grant is to increase the number of low income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education. The amount of approximately $1,000,000.00 is available in sub recipient funds for postsecondary institutions for Year 6 (fiscal year 2018). These Year 6 funds will be available for activities funded from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018.