Phase 1

Concept Paper Instructions


Please fill in the template below, using standard NSF font size requirements and margins. The allowable maximum is three pages. If you require additional space, you may delete unused lines in the Senior Personnel section, blank lines, or instructions in the document.


  1. Indicate the general focus area of the research that you are proposing.
  2. Indicate the contact person for this concept.
  3. Indicate potential key personnel who could be part of the effort to address this research concept. (only include individuals who have granted permission to be listed)
  4. Intellectual Merit – provide a brief description in each of the sections, relating to the research focus that you have identified as a current problem/need in Maine.
  5. Broader Impacts – provide a brief description in each of the sections describing the likely impacts and outcomes that can be achieved.

Concept papers are due by January 7, 2022.

Please submit the concept paper to (as pdf or Word doc)

By submitting this concept paper, you are giving Maine EPSCoR permission to post this document on a public website to encourage statewide discussions and collaborative engagements prior to the next phase of the RII Track-1 project development process.


Concept Paper Reference Materials

Download the Concept Paper Template


Reference Materials:

Link to the Maine Innovation Economy Action Plan

Link to Maine Economic Development Strategy 2020-2029 (see Opportunities section)

Link to White House 2021 R&D priorities memo

Link to NSF’s FY2022 budget request to Congress

Watch the Topic Selection Information Session