February 14, 2022

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

NSF, NASA, and FAST progrm logos
By Brittney Van Der Werff

What is the goal?

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

What’s new in 2022?

RII Track-4: NSF

RII Track-4:FAST

  • Only single-PI proposals will be considered
  • Trainees must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program


Who has been funded in New Mexico? 


How can I learn more?

Read the solicitation.
Solicitation Link:

Attend one of the several office hours shown below.
Register here:

All times are at 1:00PM MT

  • March 10, 2022
  • March 17, 2022
  • March 24, 2022
  • April 14, 2022
  • April 21, 2022

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:FAST

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

Must be one of the following:

Research Topic Any discipline that NSF funds is eligible

Must be a research area specified by host site:

Who can be PI? Non-tenured (or equivalent) investigators from an eligible institution in New Mexico.
  • Only single-PI proposals will be considered
in New Mexico
An Institution of Higher Education or Not-for-profit Non-Degree-Granting Organization
Proposal per institution limit 3 6
Budget Details Up to $300K over the duration of 24 months
  • Up to 6 months of salary support for PI and one trainee-level participant
  • Includes up to $75K in travel and living expenses for the PI and trainee
  • Includes up to $10K (total) for fees, supplies, equipment, publication costs, etc
  • Includes up to $5K (total) for other research related travel
  • Additional $60K RID grant from NASA for research infrastructure at home institution
Deadline May 12, 2022