Delaware-NSF EPSCoR RII Track 1 Competition 2021-2022

In 2022, NSF will issue an RFP for Delaware to apply for the next round of the EPSCoR RII Track 1 grant. The current Track 1 project expires in 2023. The EPSCoR State Committee, with support from the State EPSCoR Office, is responsible to (1) oversee and guide the execution of the EPSCoR RII Project to ensure completion of all commitments on time and on budget, (2)lead and manage the grant renewal process and (3) oversee the operational responsibilities associated with execution of the grant. The new grant will begin in 2023 and run through 2028.

The EPSCoR RII Track 1 grants are infrastructure-building awards focused on a broad area of endeavor that is aligned with the needs of the State. The EPSCoR State Committee is soliciting a call for concept papers for the next Track-1 proposal that utilizes and builds upon the substantial investments in physical and human infrastructure that has laid important ground work over the last 18 years. The concept paper should consist of ten to fifteen pages describing research thrusts that would be applicable for an NSF EPSCoR RII Track 1 project. 

Important Dates:

May 24 and 25, 2021Informational sessions to discuss state R&D priorities, how projects have been funded in the past, Q&A
September 1, 2021Letter of intent due to EPSCoR State Office by 5:00 p.m (
October, 1, 2021 Pre-proposal due to EPSCoR State Office by 5:00 p.m. EST (
October 2021/ November 2021Review of pre-proposals by State Committee and external expert referees
December 15, 2021Notification to pre-proposal teams selected to make a 15-minute presentation to the EPSCoR State Committee
December 2021/ January 2022Team presentations to EPSCoR State Committee
January/February 2022Team selected to represent Delaware EPSCoR in the NSF competition by State Committee
 August 2022Full proposal due to the National Science Foundation

Please click on link for Guidelines

Please click link for the draft Delaware May 2021 Science and Technology Plan

Please click link for the 2021 EPSCoR RII Track 1 RFP for reference

May 24, 2021 – Information Session 1 recording

May 25, 2021 – Information Session 2 recording

Letter of Intent Format:

List of Participants – include role and institutional affiliation (this can be in a table format)

Synopsis (max 2,500 chars): Briefly describe the research project. State why this matters in the area in which you will be working (note who will benefit from the project). State the specific outcomes you hope to achieve.

Keywords: Provide key words related to the project.

For more information, please email Amy Slocum (als@udel,edu), Associate Director, Delaware EPSCoR