EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (NSF 21-557)
UA Little Rock Internal Competition
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of investigators and to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Through collaborative research visits at the host site, fellowship awardees will be able to learn new techniques, develop new collaborations or advance existing partnerships, benefit from access to unique equipment and facilities, and/or shift their research toward potentially transformative new directions. The experiences gained through the fellowships are intended to have lasting impacts that will enhance the Fellows’ research trajectories well beyond the award period. These benefits to the Fellows are also expected to improve the research capacity of their institutions and jurisdictions more broadly. Principal Investigators must either hold a non-tenured faculty appointment at an institution of higher education or an early-career, career-track appointment at an eligible non-degree-granting institution.
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows offers the following tracks: RII Track-4:NSF and RII Track-4:Fellows Advancing Science and Technology (RII Track-4: FAST). While they are similar in achieving the same goals, RII Track-4:NSF is open to a broad community and RII Track-4:FAST focuses on faculty from specific institutions of higher education to collaborate with researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) participating research centers. PIs that are eligible for both tracks may apply for only one track per competition cycle.
RII Track-4:NSF provides support to further develop the individual research potential of Principal Investigators (PIs) through extended collaborative visits to the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers of their choice.
RII Track-4:FAST provides opportunities for PIs from specific institutions of higher education with high enrollments of trainees from underrepresented populations in STEM (See Section “IV. Eligibility Information” for more details). The aim of this opportunity is to further develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to NASA research facilities located at NASA Centers throughout the United States.
Note: UA Little Rock PIs are only eligible for RII Track-4: NSF
Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:Three (3) as described below.
For RII Track-4:NSF: 3
Only three proposals may be submitted in response to this solicitation by any single organization in a RII-eligible jurisdiction. If more than three proposals are received from any single institution for the competition, all proposals from that institution are subject to return without review.
UA Little Rock Internal Competition
To accommodate this limitation, ORSP will hold an internal white paper competition to select UA Little Rock’s submissions. Please see below for competition deadlines and requirements. Contact Tammie Cash at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments about any aspect of the on-campus competition.
ORSP white paper submission deadline: March 15, 2021
Notification to PIs to move forward for proposal: March 17, 2021
NSF Deadlines: April 26, 2021 (due by 5pm submitter’s time)
White Paper Submission Requirements
Principal investigators must submit their white papers as a single .pdf document to the ORSP Internal RFP email address, InternalRFP@ualr.edu, with the subject header “NSF RII” by 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2021. The white paper must contain the following information:
Cover Page (1 page)
- PI name and contact information
- Co-PI names and contact information
Project Summary (maximum length, 1 page): Each proposal must contain a summary of the proposed project not more than one page in length. It should consist of an overview, a statement of the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity (See NSF 21-557).
Budget and Budget Justification (1 page)
- State the total project cost
- State the major expense categories of the budget and the justification for each category
NOTE: All white papers will be reviewed by an internal review committee appointed by the Vice Provost for Research. White papers will be selected to move forward and will be announced by March 17, 2021.