February 08, 2023

2023 NSF and NASA EPSCoR Research Fellowships: What You Need to Know

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By Brittney Van Der Werff

What is the goal? 

To provide opportunities for non-tenured AND tenured investigators to develop their individual research potential through extended collaborative visits to the Nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Only investigators from research universities and primarily undergraduate institutions in EPSCoR states (including NM) are eligible to apply.

What’s new in 2023?

Changes impacting both Tracks:

  • Non-tenured and tenured Assistant and Associate professor ranks (or equivalent ranks) can serve as PI
  • The number of proposals per institution has been increased from three to four
  • Previous budgetary limitations on travel and other direct costs have been removed
  • Travel funds can be allocated for the host collaborator
  • There is now a minimum duration of one month for extended or periodic collaborative visits to the selected host site 

Changes only impacting the NASA Track:

  • RII Track-4:FAST has been changed to RII Track-4:@NASA
  • All NASA Centers* are now eligible to participate

Who has been funded in New Mexico? 

How can I learn more?

  1. Read the solicitation (23-535)
    Solicitation Link:
  2. Attend one of the several office hours shown below.
    Register here:
      All times are at noon MT
         • March 2, 2023
         • March 17, 2023
         • March 30, 2023
  3. Watch the informational webinar with NSF Track-4 Program Officer Dr. Chinonye Nnakwe Whitley about this year's solicitation. Recording link:

Quick Reference Table


RII Track-4: NSF

RII Track-4:@NASA

Host Site May be any research institution within the United States or its territories/possessions

All NASA Centers* are eligible to participate, but applicants must contact NASA EPSCoR coordinator expressing their interest. 

Research Topic Any discipline that NSF funds is eligible

Click here for a full list of NASA identified research focus areas

Who can be PI?
  • Non-tenured (or equivalent) investigators and tenured Assistant and Associate professor ranks (or equivalent) from an eligible institution in New Mexico. 
  • Only single-PI proposals will be considered 


  • For some NASA Centers PIs and trainees must be U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents
in New Mexico
An Institution of Higher Education or Not-for-profit Non-Degree-Granting Organization
Proposal per institution limit 4 4
Budget Details Up to $300K over the duration of 24 months
  • Up to 6 months of salary & fringe support for PI and one trainee-level participant
  • There are no longer budgetary caps on travel, lodging, materials, supplies, and other direct costs
  • Up to $10K can be requested for host collaborator fellowship related travel
  • An additional $60K RID grant from NASA for research infrastructure at home institution is available
Deadline April 11, 2023

*All Centers and Facilities qualify. Here is a complete list of eligible sites: