NSF EPSCoR Research Fellowships: What You Need to Know.

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Brittney Van D… February 24, 2021

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 2021?

Opportunities to work with NASA research facilities in addition to research sites in disciplines traditionally funded by NSF.

Who has been funded in New Mexico? 


Technology Development for the Next-Generation of Ground-Based Cosmic Microwave Background Instrumentation at Argonne National Lab 
PI: Darcy Barron, UNM
Biomass Burning Aerosols in the U.S. Southwest: Hygroscopic Properties from Emissions to Aging 
PI: Christian Carrico, NMT






How can I learn more?

Read the solicitation. Link to solicitation:

NSF EPSCoR is hosting office hours for interested applicants! To take advantage of this opportunity, please register for one or more of the office hour sessions listed below:

Office Hour Dates—all times at 3:00PM ET (2:00 PM Mountain Time)

  • March 17, 2021
  • March 31, 2021
  • April 21, 2021

Registration link:

Please Submit questions in advance to

 Office Hours Agenda

  • A short presentation that includes a brief overview of the opportunity FAQs and tips for proposal submission
  • Open time for Q&A


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:
   Glenn Space Center (GRC)
   Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
   Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
   Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)
Research Topic Any discipline that NSF funds is eligible.   Must be a research area specified by host site:
  - GRC Research Areas List
  - GSFC Research Areas List
  - KSC Research Areas List
  - JPL Research Areas List
Who can be PI? Non-tenured (or equivalent) investigators from an eligible institution in New Mexico.
in New Mexico
An Institution of Higher Ed.
Not-for-profit Non-Degree-Granting Organization
Proposal per institution limit
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 April 26, 2021
































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