EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Call for Concept Papers

Please see below for information about an opportunity:

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)

Call for Concept Papers on the topic: “Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.” 

Sponsor synopsis: RII Track-2 FEC builds inter-jurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in scientific focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two RII- eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to tackle those projects, which neither party could address as well or rapidly alone. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of different types of individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of diverse early-career faculty is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. For FY 2020, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: “Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.”

For a complete list of eligible jurisdictions and NSF requirements, see the solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20504/nsf20504.htm

Concept Papers must contain the following:

  1. Brief overview which describes the vision and goals of the collaboration, a statement of the objectives and methods, the expected impacts, and the plans for sustaining the collaboration.
  2. Describe the motivation for establishing the collaboration and how the proposed project fits with “Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.”
  3. Describe the interjurisdictional collaboration and partnership that will be built, expanded, or sustained through this project. Clearly name the proposed partners and their location.
  4. Briefly characterize project goals and activities in the following domains: research, collaboration, and workforce development. 


Concept papers should be formatted in accordance with NSF style guidelines and should not exceed two pages. To submit a concept paper or review the complete guidelines please visit InfoReady. For more information contact Saul Allen (saul.allen@maine.edu) at the Office of Research Development. 


Concept Paper Deadline: November 1, 2019.

NSF Letter of Intent Deadline: December 20, 2019

NSF Full Proposal Deadline: January 24, 2020