UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) (NSF 18-502): Genomes to Phenomes limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Program Synopsis

The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. 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 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 2018, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: “Understanding the relationship between genome and phenome.”

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

Only one RII Track-2 FEC proposal may be submitted in response to this solicitation by an organization in a RII-eligible jurisdiction.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

Investigators cannot be PI or co-PI on more than one proposal.

UHM Internal Competition Guidelines

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

1. Cover Page. Include the following:

  1. Proposal title
  2. PI 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)

For the FY2018 RII Track-2 FEC competition, these are: 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.

2. Program Description (Total 3 pages)

Provide a summary description addressing the specific information detailed in the full solicitation (see URL above) including;

A. Project Summary(1/2 to one 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.

B. Project Description (2 to 2 1/2 pages)

Elements of the project to be addressed, in-brief, include:

  1. Status and Overview. Describe the motivation and rationale for establishing the collaboration, and how the proposed project addresses the identified research focus area.
  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. In addition, this section should summarize the coordination and synergy among EPSCoR and other NSF investments in the jurisdiction.
  3. Research, Collaboration, and Workforce Development. 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.
    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.
    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.
  4. Evaluation and Assessment Plan. Briefly, describe the development of an Evaluation and Assessment plan that will identify the outcomes and impacts for goals and objectives.
  5. Sustainability Plan. Briefly describe 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.

3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and any Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Friday November 3rd, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

NSF’s application due dates are as follows:
Mandatory LOI is due November 27, 2017
Full Proposal is due January 26, 2018