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Preproposals wanted for EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track II

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Mississippi State University faculty, researchers and other personnel may be interested in submitting a white paper for the EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 (RII Track-2) that was released last October.

Since Louisiana and Mississippi are currently participants in an existing Track-2 project, these states were not eligible to submit a proposal under the terms of the solicitation for the Jan. 30, 2013, deadline, but they are eligible to submit a proposal for the Jan. 29, 2014, deadline.

The primary drivers for RII Track-2 investments are 1) consortium-based science and engineering research and 2) development of a diverse workforce. It is expected that these drivers will be sustained beyond the project period. The project description must include a strong rationale for the establishment of the consortium and place the project in a regional, national, or thematic context. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully study the RII Track-2 Program Description in Section II of solicitation NSF 13-509.

This solicitation seeks collaborative proposals from teams that must include investigators from both states. It is the responsibility of the proposers to assemble a consortium that can collaboratively undertake a project that show that the consortium is well positioned to produce project results that cannot be obtained by any single partner working independently. The proposal must clearly address the Track-2 program description as outlined in Section II of solicitation NSF 13-509 in relation to the following theme, which is based on regional research strengths and interests in Louisiana and Mississippi:

Strengthening the scientific basis for decision making within the context of manufacturing. The proposed research should tie to next generation component design that may include material synthesis, non-destructive evaluation and testing with emphasis on physics-based models and associated computational aspects.

Funding for Track-2 projects is $1.5 to 2 million per year per consortium for three years. NSF anticipates funding four awards, depending upon the quality of proposals and availability of funds.

Specific questions concerning this RFP and the requirements set forth herein should be directed in writing to Jim Gershey, by sending an email to jim.gershey@la.gov. Questions will be accepted and answered through Sept. 20, 2013.

The deadline for proposals is Oct. 2, 2013. To download the RFP, please click here.

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