RII Track One Proposal

2019 – 2029

12/21/2017 – Submitted proposals are under review and additional information about the next steps will be shared when available.


DUE BY NOVEMBER 10, 2017 – KY NSF EPSCoR wants to encourage statewide partnerships that advance the manufacturing ecosystem theme. We are requesting two-page summaries from idea paper applicants with a connection to the theme and also from any other Kentucky groups who can advance these topics.

These two-page summaries are AVAILABLE HERE.

Friday, October 27, 2017 – Track 1 Proposal Q&A: Q&A Conference Call to discuss the Track 1 proposal development process.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Track 1 Proposal Q&A: Q&A Conference Call to discuss the Track 1 proposal development process.

10/20/2017 – The Committee identified the most promising theme to be Kentucky’s Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem. Under this central theme, several papers conveyed clear targeted applications in different areas of importance to Kentucky. There were also connections to manufacturing inputs (materials), as well as design and process, but mapping these connections to their end goal applications needs to be established more clearly. The Subcommittee recommends pursuing this central theme and working to develop robust statewide involvement from the academic community to improve the identified inputs, processes and applications into a coherent Track 1 proposal. The Subcommittee also recognized the potential for managing big data to play an overarching role in advancing the manufacturing ecosystem.

Call for Proposals



Applications should:


  • Relate to the program’s selected theme:Kentucky’s Advanced Manufacturing Ecosystem.
  • Identify institutional support for matching a minimum of 10% of the amount requested from NSF.
  • Include a diverse group of Kentucky academic institutions and individuals, including both faculty and students, working under the collaborative research theme with project-wide objectives that will result in synergistic outcomes.
  • Integrate research and educational activities, especially those related to STEM workforce development (RII Track-1 RFP Section 4.3.1). These aspects must be addressed in the project description and incorporated within the strategic goals and evaluation criteria/metrics.
  • Establish both strategic goals and criteria/metrics for evaluating them for each year of the project [summers of 2020-2029].
  • Lines and support for new faculty hires are preferred.  If junior faculty, NSF CAREER awards should be the goal.
  • PI and co-PI time should not be included in the proposed NSF budget; instead those items should be cost-shared by the universities, however, time for new faculty hires and their startup (e.g., equipment) support is acceptable to include within the proposed NSF budget request.
  • Large equipment purchases should be placed in open environments such as a core facilities supported by university staff to assure safety, training and maintenance.
  • Grad student support is vital and required.
  • Some examples of RII Track-1 activities encouraged by this program are listed in the NSF’s solicitation:


Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document to by December 1, 2017.  The application should include the following:


  1. Identify the involved institutions, departments and lead participants.
  2. Develop a project description narrative of no more than 5 pages that outlines the proposed research theme area and activities.
  3. Outline a general budget and budget justification under the proposed project of no more than 3 pages in length. Include applicable institutional F&A costs.  Typical budgets usually range from $1M-$1.5M per year, but this amount could vary with sufficient justification.
  4. Establish a (maximum of 2 pages) strategic plan goals and metrics for evaluating them for each year-end period under the project (summers of 2020-2029).
  5. Any relevant institutional letters of support that describe a quantified commitment of resources to the project should also be included. These financial commitments should be quantified and total at least 10% of the budget request proposed.
  6. Standard NSF font, spacing and margin restrictions apply (see NSF’s PAPPG).


IMPORTANT NOTE: We are requesting applications that describe a 10-year project but only the first 5 years of these projects would be guaranteed if selected, with the second 5-year period being an “optional renewal.”  Please develop your description, budget and strategic plan goals with this in mind.

Proposal Theme

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