submit track-1 proposal ideas 2024-2029

2024-2029 KY NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Proposal Idea Papers

On behalf of the Statewide EPSCoR Committee, KY NSF EPSCoR is seeking idea papers from the Kentucky research community to include in the next $20 million/ 5-year RII Track-1 proposal, which will be submitted to NSF in the Summer of 2023.  If funded, an awarded Track-1 proposal to Kentucky would support Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) activities from July 2024 – June 2029.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • There can be only one funded RII-Track 1 award per state at a time, so Kentucky is not eligible to submit until the summer of 2023, but we will need a year to identify a proposal topic and develop the proposal, so we are starting now.
  • The current active solicitation for this program is 22-599, which is not the solicitation Kentucky will be responding to, but it should be referenced to learn more about the program and how it works.
  • Below is a timeline of activities for developing the proposal.
  • We are starting the process by asking the academic community to submit Idea Papers by August 1, 2022.

May 2022: Request Idea Papers

Idea Papers include only two sections – (1) a listing of involved institutions and participants (only KY institutions and individuals can participate on a Track-1), and (2) an overview of the proposed topic including a general scope of work. 

There is no page limit for section 1.  Section 2 should not be more than 5 pages.

Successful idea papers will:

  • Propose participants/activities at both the state’s research institutions (UK and UofL), as well as include the state’s regional two- and four-year colleges and universities. Inter-institutional, collaborative research that impacts the entire state is a fundamental characteristic of successful Track-1 applications.
  • Focus on areas of importance to the National Science Foundation, the program sponsor; and that are areas of interest and strength for Kentucky.
  • Include new faculty hires to complement existing faculty and expertise. Start-up support for the new faculty hires can be included within the Track-1 budgets.
  • Focus on activities that will make research groups more competitive for large-scale NSF center applications after five years of Track-1 financial support.
  • (For program size/scope context) Kentucky’s prior T-1 awards have typically:
    1. Included 1 to 3 major research themes. If > 1 theme is selected, the themes will have connections to each other.
    2. Supported approximately 200 participants per year (across all roles and research themes)
    3. Provided support to enable 5-10 new research faculty hires over the five years of the award

June 2022: Informational Webinar

KY NSF EPSCoR held two webinars this June. You can download the slides from that presentation here: 

August 1, 2022: Idea Papers are due

Submit Idea Papers to:

September 1, 2022: Proposal theme(s) selection

The Statewide EPSCoR Committee members will review the Idea Papers and determine the proposal’s research theme(s) by September 1, 2022.  All groups submitting Idea Papers will be informed of this outcome and groups that proposed activities that relate to the selected theme(s) will be invited to participate in the next phases of proposal development.

The overall objective during the proposal theme selection process is to identify research areas of common and complementary interest that will have an impact on the entire state’s research infrastructure, so the greater the number of inter-institutional partnerships within the Idea Papers, the more likely the proposed theme is to be selected.

October 31st, 2022: Proposal development workshop and team building event hosted by KY NSF EPSCoR.

November 2022 – June 2023: Proposal Development

July 2023: Proposal Submission to NSF