Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC)

Making Innovation Central to Rhode Island's Future Gina M. Raimondo, Governor

STAC Seeks Comments and Suggestions for Upcoming NSF EPSCOR Track-1 Funding Proposal

Published on August 19, 2008

The National Science Foundation has announced an RFP calling for proposals from states currently holding a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) award scheduled to expire in 2009 and wishing to apply for Track-1 funding.

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The Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council, in its capacity as the state EPSCoR Committee, seeks brief proposals and ideas/suggestions describing opportunities for incremental expansion complementary to current Rhode Island National Science Foundation EPSCoR goals.

These are to:

  • Attain national prominence and competitive research excellence in the life sciences by investing in marine life sciences, genomics and proteomics infrastructure, and
  • Foster and support the synergistic integration of research, education, innovation and communication to build a strong statewide network of RI partners.

Guidelines for submission:

1. Format:

Option 1: 1-page white paper submitted to the EPSCoR Office that answers 3 basic questions:

  • What is the science?
  • What infrastructure is needed to support the science -- both instrumentation and human capital?
  • What are the broader impacts -- statement of need and impact of investment?

Option 2: We encourage informal submission of ideas for activities, collaborations, linkages, enhancements, etc. Your suggestions can be e-mailed to the EPSCoR office.

2. Process:

Engage EPSCoR Advisory Council (representatives from all 11 institutions) to review white papers and make recommendations to STAC. Initiatives that align with the state's S&T Strategic Plan will be developed by stakeholders. This is a grassroots, bottom up selection process.

Please note, deadline for submission has been extended to September 19, 2008.

EPSCoR Office Contact: Babette@mail.uri.edu / 401-874-7080 or 2481

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