Now Available – FY 2020 NSF RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations

Deadlines to NSF:

NSF released the new EPSCoR Track-2 Solicitation for the current funding year. The single topic area to be supported this year is “Harnessing the Data Revolution to solve problems of national importance.” Track-2 applications require significant planning, incorporating collaboration across multiple EPSCoR jurisdictions and often across multiple research and undergraduate institutions within the state, and typically a 10-15% funding rate. Each South Carolina institution who wish to consider application to the program should engage in discussion with their Office of Research on procedures that will be followed to determine the faculty team selected to serve as the LEAD proposal for that institution in the NSF competition.

The SC EPSCoR State Office is asking each institution to identify the single proposal they intend to sponsor in this capacity by Monday, December 23, 5 pm EST. The scope of the submissions should be as follows:

  1. Proposals will need to describe a collaboration with faculty from one or more institutions located within other EPSCoR eligible jurisdictions.
  2. Proposals are expected to be able to request up a maximum $1 million per year from two eligible jurisdictions. If three or more eligible EPSCoR jurisdictions collaborate on a proposal, the amount may not exceed $1.5 million per year. Awards are for a maximum of four years.

As the proposal development process develops, we encourage research teams to actively engage South Carolina’s predominately undergraduate institutions and HBCUs to find opportunities for collaboration and outreach where appropriate. Letters of Intent to NSF are due by Friday, December 20 with Full Proposals due Friday, January 24.

Once the representative proposal from each research institution is selected, SC EPSCoR State Office will make available awards to provide accessible seed funding for project teams to enhance the development of their submissions. In the past, these funds have been allocated to provide money for travel for SC investigators to other jurisdictions to write the text of the proposal, host local workshops for this purpose (though we cannot pay travel for those out of state), costs for reviewers/consultants (travel and honoraria) for on-site or off-site review, or assist with technical writing, figure preparation, etc. as appropriate. Requests would come in the form of a mini-proposal submitted to the SC EPSCoR State Office.

Each institution planning to submit a single proposal in response to NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations Solicitation 20-504, should email April Heyward, Program Manager, by Monday, December 23, 5 pm EST.