UVM Call for LOI and Pre-Proposals for NSF EPSCoR RII-TRACK-2 FEC

For UVM faculty:
Call for Proposals 2016:
NSF EPSCoR FY 2017 RII Track-2 FEC (Focused EPSCoR Collaborations)
The National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) has announced the following funding opportunity: Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
  • The number of submissions per state is unlimited but there can be only one per institution.
  • PIs and co-PIs on current NSF EPSCoR RII awards with end dates later than October 31, 2017 are not eligible to submit proposals as a PI or co-PI in this competition.
  • At UVM, the Vice President for Research and VT EPSCoR State Committee, the Vermont Technology Council, will determine which if any proposal goes forward.
  • All proposals must promote collaborations among researchers in EPSCoR jurisdictions on the single topic: Genomes to Phenomes
  • Each proposal must have a collaborator from an institution in a different RII-eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction as Co-PI. The second institution will be issued a subcontract.
If selected to move forward, a Letter of Intent is due January 10, 2017 and Full proposal is due February 10, 2017 to the NSF.
Please note that you may be a Co-PI on a proposal with a PI from another EPSCoR eligible state, but you are not allowed to be PI or co-PI on more than one proposal; it’s either one or the other.
This announcement is to allow you as much time as possible for preparation for the pre-proposal process. The FY 2017 RFP can be found at:
We ask that you submit the following via epscor@uvm.edu
  1. By 4 pm on December 1, a Letter of Intent with title of the proposal and names of PI and Co-PI (with affiliation). This Letter of Intent is required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal to NSF.
  2. By 4 pm on December 10, a 5-page pre-proposal that addresses:
    • A topic area consistent with the NSF FYI 2017 priority programmatic focus area: Genomes to Phenomes
    • A plan for collaboration with a Co-PI, preferably with a history of collaboration with the PI. Describe the history of the collaboration.
    • A plan for enhancing the careers of junior faculty.
    • The impact on the states research infrastructure.
There will be a rapid review of the pre-proposals by a panel and a decision made on the selection of the proposal to go forward to NSF by December 15.