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UHM internal competition guidelines for the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (NSF 18-526), limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at this url: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18526/nsf18526.htm

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3

Only three RII Track-4 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 RII Track-4 competition, all proposals from that institution are subject to Return Without Review.

Who May Serve as PI

Please read carefully the PI requirements listed in the full solicitation (url above) for the specific requirements.

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

An investigator may serve as PI on only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation.

Synopsis: This Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-4 solicitation provides an opportunity for non-tenured faculty to spend extended periods of time at the nation’s premier research facilities. The fellowship period may be used to initiate new collaborative relationships, to expand existing partnerships in ambitious new directions, or to make use of unique equipment not available at the PI’s home institution. Successful fellowships will positively impact and potentially transform the recipient’s research career trajectory. Any research topic eligible for consideration under NSF’s policies will be considered for RII Track-4 support. The fellowship host site may be any academic, governmental, commercial, or non-profit research facility within the United States or its territories. 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

1. Cover page.

Include the following:

  1. Proposal title beginning with “RII Track-4:[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 2018 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.

2. Program Description (Limit 2½ pages).

Describe the proposed program by addressing the following:

  1. Project Summary (½ 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. Letters of support. 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.

3. 2-page Biosketch for the PI

Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Friday, January 10th, 2018. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

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