UHM internal competition guidelines for the EPSCoR Track-4 limited submission opportunity are described below.

UHM Internal Competition

EPSCEPSCoR Track-4 Program Solicitation: https://nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17509/nsf17509.htm


The primary driver for RII Track-4 investments is the desire to increase the competitiveness of EPSCoR-eligible institutions by catalyzing and strengthening the research programs of their talented non-tenured faculty. Over the long term, RII Track-4 investments are expected to result in sustained improvements in the individual research competitiveness of its awardees, and to stimulate broader improvements to the research capacity of the awardees’ institutions and jurisdictions. Proposals must include a strong rationale that each of these goals will be met.

Persons who hold either non-tenured faculty positions at institutions of higher education within EPSCoR jurisdictions or closely similar positions at other eligible organizations may participate in RII Track-4. Non-tenured faculty members include both those who hold tenure-track appointments but have not yet received tenure, and those who hold long-term non-tenure-track positions.

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_EPSCoRIV_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-4 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 2 1/2 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 fellowship project; the role of the host site and its personnel in achieving the project’s vision and goals; a summary of the objectives and methods to be employed; the expected impacts of the proposed activities; and plans for sustaining the project’s impacts beyond the award period. In separate statements provide a succinct summary of the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the project. The summary must also identify the proposed host site and primary research collaborator(s).
  2. Project Description (2 pages). The project description is the centerpiece of the RII Track-4 proposal. This section should present the proposed activities in a clear, compelling way and describe how the activities will lead to long-lasting impacts for both the PI’s career and the home institution. The project description must articulate the motivation and context for the proposed work using language understandable to a broad scientific audience. The goals and objectives for the fellowship project should be clearly stated, and the research plan for achieving the goals and objectives should be presented in sufficient detail to allow reviewers to judge the proposal fairly. It is crucial that the proposal explain clearly how the PI will benefit from the unique opportunities provided by the RII Track-4 fellowship. Specifically, the proposal should detail both the role of the host site in achieving the research goals and objectives and how the benefits gained from the fellowship will be sustained for both the PI and the home institution beyond the award period.
  3. Provide a list of individuals you propose to request a Letter of Support from to meet the Supplementary Document requirements, namely, at least one Letter of Support must be included from individuals in each of the following three categories:
    1. From the appropriate supervisory administrator at the PI’s home institution. Typically this would be the Department Chair or Dean for a faculty member at an academic institution. The purpose of this letter is to confirm the administrator’s support of the PI’s plans and particularly to verify that the PI will receive release time from other academic duties to complete the project as proposed;
    2. From the identified primary research collaborator(s) at the host site. The purpose of this letter is to confirm support of the proposed collaborative research activities; and
    3. From the appropriate administrative managers at the host institution. The purpose of this letter is to confirm that all necessary logistical arrangements (site access, office space, cyber connectivity) will be made for the PI’s potential visit(s) to ensure that the project may proceed as proposed
      (NOTE) A Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan is required if support is requested for a postdoctoral researcher’s participation in the project.

2-page Biosketch for the PI (No co-PIs should be included in the proposal)

Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Monday, December 5th, 2016. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, iAVCR. NSF’s application due dates are as follows:

Full Proposal is due 28 February 2017 (No LOI required)

Additional information for the NSF EPSCoR Track-4 proposals is available via the following informational webinar: November 29 or November 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST. WebEx login instructions are available.