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 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; 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|