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Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

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As an investment strategy, Co-funding enables members of the research communities within EPSCoR jurisdictions not only to improve their ability to compete for National Science Foundation (NSF) program funds, but also to increase their active participation and visibility as members of the national scientific research and education enterprise. To assist those jurisdictions that has historically received lesser amounts of academic research and development funding. The NSF EPSCoR Office established the Co-funding Initiative in FY 1998 to accelerate the movement of more researchers and institutions from EPSCoR jurisdictions into the mainstream of NSF support, and thereby contribute to the NSF EPSCoR concept of a Trajectory for Sustainable Scientific Success.

Funding obligations:

FY 07 $102,110,000; FY 08 est $111,100,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Funds may be used to pay the costs of conducting research, product development, resources, tools and services, as salaries and wages, equipment and supplies, travel, publication costs, other direct costs, and indirect costs.

Examples of Funded Projects:

(1) With support from NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the SUNRISE research group of the University of North Dakota has developed an oilseed-based biojet fuel for aviation turbines and diesel engines that withstands cold temperatures and is more stable than traditional biodiesel fuels. The SUNRISE team is developing the technology to reduce the oil extraction cost specifically for biojet fuel application so that it is more cost effective than other fuels. SUNRISE also incorporates the research into chemistry and chemical engineering courses at the university, and educates the state's agricultural and financial communities and political leaders about biofuels and their potential economic impact. (2) The University of Puerto Rico and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst made a scientific and technological breakthrough that enables the direct integration of diamond nanoparticles into electronic components for widespread applications. These applications include protective coating for medical implants, environmental sensors, optical components exposed to harsh environments, and improved electrodes for electrical uses. The Diamond Nanotechnology Project was sponsored by NSF through EPSCoR. The University of Puerto Rico recently submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office a disclosure document for this development entitled, 'Method to Synthesize Diamond on Polymers, Semiconductors, and Other Temperature-Sensitive Materials.' (OIA/EPSCoR).

Program Accomplishments:

In fiscal year 2006, 14 proposals were received and 11 awards made. In fiscal year 2007, 18 proposals received and 18 awards made.

Types of Assistance:

Project Grants.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$99,472 to $9,200,000; $5,918,265.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Normally 6 months to 3 years; occasionally longer.

Applicant Eligibility:

Public and private colleges and universities; Non-profit, non-academic organizations; For-profit organizations; State and Local Governments; and unaffiliated scientists under special circumstances. See the Grant Proposal Guide for a full description of eligibility requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

See the Grant Proposal Guide, Section I.E. for a full description of eligibility requirements.

Award Procedure:

NSF staff members review and evaluate all proposals, with the advice and assistance of scientists and engineers who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal, of prospective users of research results when appropriate, and of specialists in other Federal agencies.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Office of the Director, Natinal Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: (703)292-8970.

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