Pre-proposals sought for EPSCoR Track 1

The Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State is now accepting pre-proposals from researchers for the National Science Foundation’s FY 2017 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 competition.

The EPSCoR Program is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. As an eligible jurisdiction, Mississippi is allowed to compete for this funding, with the purpose of establishing partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in the state’s research infrastructure, research and development (R&D) capacity and competitiveness.

RII Track-1 awards provide up to $20 million total for 5 years to support physical, human, and cyber infrastructure improvements in research areas selected by the jurisdiction's EPSCoR steering committee as having the best potential to improve future R&D competitiveness of the jurisdiction.

The Mississippi Research Consortium (MRC) is the steering committee authorized to designate a fiscal agent/proposing organization for Mississippi. This organization must be the employing institution of the project director. In order to determine which application should be put forth, the MRC holds a competition based on brief pre-proposals.

Preproposals are due by the close of business on Nov. 18. Send completed pre-proposals to Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw at and Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at

Additionally, if you have any questions that are not answered by the following documents, please feel to contact them.

-- EPSCoR Track I RFP (2017 RFP will post sometime in the spring 2017)

-- NSF EPSCoR Request for Proposals for Mississippi Research Consortium

-- Mississippi EPSCoR Science and Technology Plan

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