Funding Information

NOTICE

The submission window for our 2016-2017 annual program awards has now closed. Please check back often for more information on future funding opportunities.

KY NSF EPSCoR 2016-2017 Academic Year Programs

Research Startup Support (RSS)

Funding to recruit new-hire, research-active Kentucky faculty who will submit proposals to the NSF. Submission of a future research proposal application to the National Science Foundation is an obligation of RSS awardees. NSF MRI applications do NOT meet this requirement. No UK or UofL applications are accepted but collaboration with these institutions is encouraged.

 

Eligibility limited to faculty hired on or after May 1, 2015.


NOTE:
Applications can be submitted by the new-arriving faculty members themselves or by institutional administrators responsible for recruiting new faculty.

 

Maximum application request = $50,000

Research Enhancement Grant (REG)

Faculty seed-funding for research projects with the goal of enabling future proposal applications submitted to the NSF. Submission of a future research proposal application to the National Science Foundation is an obligation of REG awardees. NSF MRI applications do NOT meet this requirement. No UK or UofL applications are accepted but collaboration with these institutions is encouraged.

 

Maximum application request = $25,000

Research Scholars Program (RSP)

Financial support for faculty-mentored research projects for underrepresented undergrad students in STEM fields. Funding should support student(s) (up to two students per application if working on the same project, but each student should have individual responsibilities explained in the proposal application). Proposed activities should be developed in collaboration with a mentoring faculty member and the application should be submitted by the faculty member at the organization where the award would be administered.

 

The emphasis of the RSP program should be about supporting students and their research projects. While there is no specific threshold for a ratio of direct salary support for the student versus other forms of financial support (such as research materials or research travel), applications that do not request the majority of the funding for student salary are expected to include carefully detailed explanations about the need for the non-salary requests, and explain how this part of the request will benefit the supported student’s research experience.

 

Maximum application request = $7,500 per student.

Education, Outreach, and Communication (EOC)

Funding to support STEM education, outreach and communication events and activities.

 

Maximum application request = $10,000.

EPSCoR Internships (EI)

EPSCoR will provide financial support to pay Kentucky postsecondary undergraduate students to sponsor their internship experience with S&T companies with an operating presence in Kentucky.

 

Maximum application request = $5,250 per student.

 

NOTE: The EI Program has its own unique application form available here. EI applications should be submitted to epscor@uky.edu.

Additional Terms & Conditions

  • Applications to REG, RSP, EI, and EOC Programs will be accepted during June 2016. Anticipated award start dates are August 1, 2016. RSS applications can be submitted any time before 6/30/2016.
  • Recipients of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 KY NSF EPSCoR REG awards must provide evidence of a required follow-on application submitted directly to NSF to be eligible to submit 2016-2017 program applications.
  • Applications to all 2016-2017 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.
  • Submission of a future research proposal application to the National Science Foundation is an obligation of RSS and REG awardees.
  • Funds cannot be awarded for time periods beyond 7/31/17.
  • 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. More information regarding reporting obligations will be provided to awardees at a later date.
  • 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 epscor@uky.edu 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.

Application Forms

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

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