Research Awards provide seed funding to support high-risk, high-impact and transformative research efforts as well as novel education and training enhancements. Synergy and partnership with established researchers and industry will be especially encouraged. Research Awards can be used as seed-funding for faculty research projects or to support new-hire, research-active Kentucky faculty 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 Research Awardees. NSF MRI applications do NOT meet this requirement. No UK or UofL applications are accepted but collaboration with these institutions is encouraged.
The work supported by a RA must 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 RAapplicants, this will require showing how proposed work will directly support the research activities of the main themes: http://kynsfepscor.org/initiatives
Maximum request amount: $50,000
Maximum request is $50,000 of direct costs. Institutional indirect costs can be added.
Some examples of requested budget items include: research materials and supplies, student participant support and summer support for off-contract faculty time committed to the proposed research. Other research-enabling financial requests may be proposed within RA applications if sufficiently justified and appropriate.
RSS applications are not accepted from the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville.
Yes. The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers. More about NSF’s policy: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rcr.jsp
NSF Statutory Requirement
“The Director shall require that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a 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.”
Please be advised that if awarded, a certification of completion of RCR training for all of the aforementioned participants, consistent with the sub-awarded institution’s policies, will need to be provided to KY NSF EPSCoR (firstname.lastname@example.org) before a subcontracted award can be fully executed with the University of Kentucky. View UKY’s Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
KY NSF EPSCoR Proposal Application Requirements:
(1) Provide a statement certifying that a RCR training plan for the applying organization is in place. If the applying organization does not have a RCR training plan in place, a statement certifying they will create and implement a RCR training plan in the event they are awarded should be provided. (Training plans are not required to be included in proposals but institutions are advised that they are subject to review, upon request.)
(2) An institution must designate one or more persons to oversee compliance with the RCR training requirement. Identify these designees by name and provide their contact information.