Funding Opportunities

Seed Grants & Core Fee Waivers

Delaware EPSCoR sometimes provides direct funding opportunities for researchers working on projects related to our mission. These include fee waivers for the use of core scientific instrumentation centers and small seed grants for work designed to set the stage for larger federal funding programs.

For more information about seed grants and core center fee waivers, contact Amy Slocum at the University of Delaware or Venu Kalavacharla at Delaware State University.

The EPSCoR staff will also help to coordinate the grant proposal submission process for large interdisciplinary or multi-institutional grants. If you are interested in pursuing such an opportunity and would like to discuss what assistance is available from EPSCoR, contact Jeanette Miller.

EPSCoR Co-Funding

To accelerate the movement of EPSCoR researchers and institutions into the mainstream of NSF support, EPSCoR co-funding is available to provide joint support for certain meritorious proposals submitted to NSF’s research, education, and cross-cutting competitions. The objectives of the EPSCoR co-funding mechanism are:

Co-funding is not a program to which proposals can be submitted. Instead, it is a funding mechanism that operates internally within NSF and does not involve any action on the part of the proposer. The EPSCoR co-funding mechanism focuses on those “Fund-if-Possible” proposals, which the NSF merit review process finds to lie at or near the cutoff for funding by the programs to which they were submitted. EPSCoR co-funds meritorious proposals that would otherwise not be supported due to availability of funds or other overriding program priorities.

For such proposals, the managing program officer first decides whether to make an award recommendation and the amount and duration to be recommended for the award. The decision to recommend an award or declination rests with the managing program. Once these decisions are made, a request for partial support via EPSCoR co-funding can be forwarded to the EPSCoR for consideration. NSF EPSCoR’s co-funding mechanism is dependent on the number and quality of proposals submitted from EPSCoR jurisdictions and the availability of EPSCoR funds for co-funding.

Proposal characteristics that will enhance the likelihood of EPSCoR co-funding are (a) researchers who have not previously or recently (e.g., during the last three years) received NSF awards; (b) requests reflecting collaborative efforts within and across participating jurisdictions and at regional, national, and/or international levels; (c) projects submitted to cross-discipline or cross-directorate programs; (d) projects that are synergistic with other NSF investments and funding priorities; (e) projects that increase participation of members of underrepresented groups and/or institutions; (f) requests for instrumentation; (g) student programs that will significantly enhance institutional research capability and competitiveness or provide training opportunities for K-12 students and professional development for K-12 teachers; and (h) programs that exemplify NSF’s commitment to the integration of research and education. Proposals that do not match one or more of these characteristics directly may also be considered for their suitability for co-funding.

Note on award transfer: EPSCoR funds need to be expended in EPSCoR institutions. If a principal investigator (PI) with an EPSCoR co-funded award transfers to a non-EPSCoR institution, the EPSCoR co-funding amount (or a part of it that remains unobligated at the time of PI transfer) cannot be transferred to the non-EPSCoR institution.


Grant Opportunities

EPSCoR also works to keep Delaware researchers informed of federal grant and fellowship opportunities that are relevant to our mission. Here are some upcoming opportunities of interest:

National Science Foundation

Title: Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I
Despcription: The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses. The STTR Program requires researchers at universities and other nonprofit research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR project. These researchers, by joining forces with a small company, can spin-off their commercially promising ideas while they remain primarily employed at the research institution. This STTR Phase I solicitation aims at encouraging the commercialization of previously NSF-funded fundamental research (NSF funding lineage). It is highly desirable that the core innovation described in the submitted proposals can in some manner be linked to fundamental research funded by the NSF. The proposals submitted should fall into one the four broad topic areas: Biological and Chemical Technologies (BC); Education Applications (EA); Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EI); and Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing (NM).
Due: Ongoing

Current National Science Foundation grant information can be found here.
Environmental Protection Agency

Title: National Center for Environmental Research
Agency: EPA
Description: Requests for applications (RFAs) currently planned for the coming months can be found at this site. Please be aware that this list is tentative and may change due to changes in agency priorities, congressional direction, and/or budgetary constraints. The list may change periodically and should only be used as a guide to assist potential applicants. Please check back for updates or sign up for the agency’s RFA email list to get announcements when RFAs are posted.

Individuals can sign up for the EPA listserver to be notified when new grant or funding opportunities are available here.


Federal programs that sponsor environmental research:

National Science Foundation

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Aeronautics and Space Administration