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UHM internal competition guidelines for the EPSCoR Track-2 limited submission opportunity are described below.

UHM Internal Competition

EPSCoR Track-2 Program Solicitation:


The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. A jurisdiction is eligible to participate in EPSCoR programs if its level of NSF research support is equal to or less than 0.75 percent of the total NSF research and related activities budget for the most recent three-year period. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction’s research infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness.

RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional 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. 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 2017, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: Genomes to Phenomes.

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_EPSCoRII_pdf

Cover Page

Include the following:

  1. Proposal title
  2. PI(s) name, position title, department, address, phone, email address
  3. Names of other co-PIs and/or key personnel, position title, department
  4. List of EPSCoR Collaboration(s)

The following EPSCoR jurisdictions are RII-eligible for the FY 2017 RII Track-2 FEC competition: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, US Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Program Description

(Limit 3 pages). Describe the proposed program by addressing the following:

  1. Project Summary (1/2 page). Provide an overview, which briefly describes: the vision and goals of the collaboration; a statement of the objectives and methods to be employed; expected impacts of the proposed activities; and plans for sustaining collaborations and impacts beyond the award period. In separate statements provide a succinct summary of the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed project.
  2. Project Description (2 pages). The project description is the centerpiece of the RII Track-2 FEC proposal. This section should present the proposed activities in a clear, compelling way and describe how the activities for which NSF support is being requested will lead to long-lasting impacts. Elements of the project to be addressed, in-brief, include:
    • B.1 Status and Overview. Describe the motivation and rationale for establishing the collaboration, and how the proposed project addresses the identified research focus area.
    • B.2 Results from Relevant Prior Support. A section on results from relevant prior NSF support must be included and the relevance of that support to the proposed activities explained. This section should include a description of the activities and impacts of previous NSF awards, including major accomplishments in both intellectual merit and broader impacts. In addition, this section should summarize the coordination and synergy among EPSCoR and other NSF investments in the jurisdiction.
    • B.3 Research, Collaboration, and Workforce Development. The Research, Collaboration, and Workforce Development program is the focal point from which all other project elements derive. Provide a concise description of the long-term research and education goals and intellectual focus, and describe the planned activities in sufficient detail to enable their scientific merit and broader impacts to be assessed. In addition to providing explicit evidence for the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the research and education activities, this section should:
      • Identify the faculty-level participants and estimate the numbers of postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate research participants. Briefly outline the resources (available and planned) to accomplish the research goals
      • Clearly establish the means of developing a coordinated, collaborative approach involving investigators across different institutions and jurisdictions. The research and education program description must demonstrate how the collaboration will advance research, education, and workforce development.
      • Provide relevant baseline data regarding any of the research, education, workforce development, or other project targets and goals.
    • B.3.1 Interjurisdictional Collaborations and Partnerships. This section must clearly present the rationale for the composition of the teams, a description of the leadership structure, and the context for establishing the collaboration. Mechanisms that foster collaboration across the teams and risk-mitigation strategies should be described. This section must include a specific discussion of how the collaborative effort will positively impact each participating jurisdiction.
    • B.3.2 Workforce Development. The scope of RII Track-2 FEC activities must include STEM workforce development activities that are integrated with the research and education components of the project and contribute to the preparation of a diverse, new cadre of skilled researchers, innovators, and educators. The workforce development plan must include specific efforts for the recruitment and/or development of diverse early-career faculty in the project’s research activities. For the purposes of this solicitation, early-career faculty are defined as those who are employed as assistant professors in tenure track (or equivalent) positions at the start date of the award, or who are hired in to such a position during the award period.
      The research and educational training for postdocs and students should be designed to provide them with skills to work easily across disciplinary and other perceived boundaries and to interface with stakeholders such as academe, industry, government, and the general public. The proposed program should present an implementation strategy with initial baseline assessment, clearly articulated goals, milestones, and timelines.
    • B.4 Evaluation and Assessment Plan (Paragraph). The development of the Evaluation and Assessment plan should occur as an integral part of the project design to aid in the identification of outcomes and impacts for goals and objectives. Provide a formative and summative evaluation and assessment plan, including goals, metrics, and milestones. Summarize how the metrics will be used to assess and evaluate the impacts and achievements of the project activities.
    • B.5 Sustainability Plan (Paragraph). Provide a plan for long-term sustainability of the proposed activities. Describe the strategy for sustaining the impacts and achievements of the project beyond the award performance period. The plan must provide realistic, annual metrics for submissions of proposals to specific NSF programs by the project team in the focus area topic. The plan should also include how proposed new faculty hires, if any, will be supported beyond the award period.

2-page Biosketch for each PI and any Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, iAVCR. NSF’s application due dates are as follows:

Mandatory LOI is due 10 January 2017
Full Proposal is due 10 February 2017

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