Summer 2020 Funding Opportunities

We want to fund your science.

Kentucky NSF EPSCoR provides funding support for scientists, educators, and companies across the commonwealth.

The 2020 EPSCoR Internship program seeks proposals from science and technology companies around Kentucky.


NSF now requires that ALL supported projects be aligned with KY NSF EPSCoR’s current research themes. Applicants must submit a statement relating proposed work current KY NSF EPSCoR research themes:

The areas of work we can support will be interpreted broadly, but you must be able to show a clear, direct, and convincing connection to our research themes. For EPSCoR Internship (EI) proposals, this requires that the students supported will be involved in any of: additive manufacturing of embedded devices; robotics and human-machine interface; or synthetic biology and plant-based materials

EPSCoR Internship

Funding to support internships at science or tech companies with an operating presence in Kentucky.

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Full Proposal Deadline Date:
11:59 PM EST, Sunday March 15, 2020

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Additional Terms & Conditions

KY NSF EPSCoR requires the use of standardized template forms for all sections of submitted proposals. You can download the EI templates on this page. Applications should be e-mailed as attachments to

In addition to providing individually attached files, also attach one PDF file that merges all the application documents within a single file.

  • Proposals for the EI Program will be accepted until March 15, 2020. Anticipated award start dates are 5/1/2020.


  • Applications to all 2020 programs should include requests for federally-negotiated institutional F&A/indirect costs. Maximum budget request amounts indicated apply to direct costs. F&A costs can be added to these direct cost maximums.


  • Funds for the EI program are secured through the end of our grant year, 6/30/2020.  Awards funded beyond June 30, 2020 will require a later amendment if awarded and funding requested beyond June 30, 2020 will be subject to the availability of future funds from NSF


  • Only one application per investigator per program per year is allowed.


  • All awardees and funded participants are obligated to provide reporting about the outcomes of their KY NSF EPSCoR-supported projects.


  • Each institution that applies for financial assistance from the KY NSF EPSCoR must have a formal institutional plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project. KY NSF EPSCoR must receive verification and notification that participants on supported project have received appropriate training consistent with their established institutional policies.


  • Foreign travel can’t be proposed.


  • Any request for computers must receive approval from prior to submission of the proposal, or the proposal will be returned without review.


  • Any proposal submitted to KY NSF EPSCoR and declined for funding can be modified and resubmitted the next year (program cycle) but if declined more than once, can’t be submitted again.

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  • All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of two National Science Board approved merit review criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. NSF EPSCoR also requires the additional criteria of research alignment to specific objectives of certain programs and activities of KY NSF EPSCoR. Read more about NSF Merit Review Principles here and here.


  • When evaluating proposals, KY NSF EPSCoR reviewers will be asked to consider what the proposers want to do, why they want to do it, how they plan to do it, how they will know if they succeed, and what benefits could accrue if the project is successful. These issues apply both to the technical aspects of the proposal and the way in which the project may make broader contributions. View our rubric here

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