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August 24, 2012

Preproposal call for EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1


Interested Mississippi State University faculty are invited to submit preproposals for the Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1: (RII Track-1) program through the National Science Foundation.

The EPSCoR program is coordinated through the Mississippi Research Consortium (MRC) and vice presidents for research at each of our state's four research institutions — Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi/University of Mississippi Medical Center and University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi will be submitting an EPSCoR proposal for a five-year, $20 million ($4 million per year) NSF grant in 2013.

Mississippi State University has been the lead institution and fiscal agency for this grant since 1989.

Complete details about the preproposal process may be downloaded by clicking here. The Mississippi Science and Technology Plan may be downloaded by clicking here. The current NSF solicitation is online at

Please note that a cyberinfrastructure plan is required as part of the project description, but the enhancement of cyberinfrastructure does not necessarily have to be the focus of the research.

If you need additional information, please contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at or 662-325-3570.

A research theme will be chosen for the new proposal submission, and so preproposals are encouraged as the MRC moves forward with preparations for this submission.

May 14, 2013

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 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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