Supporting Collaboration in
STEM Engagement Across Kentucky
STEM for ALL.
Supports Advanced Manufacturing
Outreach and URM Engagement
KY NSF EPSCoR Grants and Awards are intended to support high-risk, high reward projects that increase the number and diversity of STEM-skilled Kentuckians, with emphasis on Additive Manufacturing, AgriTech, and Robotics. KY NSF EPSCoR Seed-Funding is part of the NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Award: Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Enhanced Robotics and Structures, Cooperative Agreement No. 1849213.
Mini-Grants (M-G) provide seed-funding of up to $1,600 to build collaboration between existing programs and organizations encouraging Kentuckians to pursue Advanced Manufacturing-related educational programs and careers. Preference is given to applications that are innovative and involve a collaboration between two programs or organizations.
The work supported by a M-G must be aligned with KY NSF EPSCoR’s current KY NSF EPSCoR research themes. Mini-Grant applicants are required to submit a statement on how the majority of proposed programming will relate to one or more of the following topics:
A Note on Hosting Events: If you are proposing supporting a conference, workshop, symposium or other similar meeting with an EPSCoR M-G award, please be advised that you will need to disclose within the project description and budget justification of your application:
Individuals and collaborative groups at Kentucky’s private and public academic institutions, as well as Science & Technology businesses and non-profits with an operating presence in Kentucky are eligible to submit proposals. Void where prohibited.
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 (RCR) for all paid participants in the proposed research project. KY NSF EPSCoR must receive certification that participants on supported project have completed appropriate training consistent with their established institutional policies.
Any proposal submitted to KY NSF EPSCoR and declined for funding can be modified and resubmitted the following grant year but if declined more than once, cannot be submitted again.
Proposals Due: 11:59 PM EST, May 15, 2021
Awards Announced: June 1, 2021
Award Year: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Only one proposal per investigator per program per year.
Foreign travel cannot be proposed.
Requests for computers cannot be proposed.
Requests for SWAG items such as t-shirts, gifts, souvenirs, and other memorabilia cannot be proposed.
Funds cannot be awarded for time beyond KY NSF EPSCoR’s Award Year.
Funds may not be used for more than one month of faculty salary support.
Applications to all EPSCoR programs can 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.
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee including representatives from the KY NSF EPSCoR Central Office, plus research faculty with relevant expertise. 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
Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts are the two merit review criteria that NSF expects proposers to fully address in their proposals. The definitions of the two criteria, as noted in NSF PAPPG Ch. III Section A, are listed below:
KY NFS EPSCoR must comply with NSF EPSCoR reporting requirements. Therefore, each awardee will be required to comply with expenditure report deadlines and submit a narrative outcomes report to the central office once the project is complete. Awardee PI and students can fill out the required reports here: KY NSF EPSCoR Reporting Documents 1 – 4.