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NSF Funds Faculty Research Fellowships Through New EPSCoR Initiative

New awards from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will provide 30 non-tenured researchers with fellowships, partnering them with premier research centers and enhancing their ability to work at the frontiers of science and engineering.

The NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4 fellowship awards total roughly $5.6 million and are distributed to researchers across 20 states. Awardees will make extended collaborative visits to laboratories and scientific centers, establish partnerships with researchers with complementary expertise, learn new techniques, have access to sophisticated equipment, and shift their research focus in new directions.

Uvm Track 4

Matthew White of the University of Vermont's research focuses on the materials used to make solar cells,with the goal of addressing the nation's energy needs. Here, White and a visiting researcher discuss the features of the dual-vacuum-chamber solar cell fabrication facility at the University of Vermont.

Credit: Madalina Furis, University of Vermont, Department of Physics

Unlike other types of NSF EPSCoR awards, which focus on supporting research centers and partnerships among institutions, RII Track-4 focuses on giving individual researchers the foundation for collaborations that span their entire careers. RII Track-4 supports EPSCoR’s mission of increasing scientific progress nationwide, as fellows enhance the research capacity of their local institutions and jurisdictions. The program is open to non-tenured investigators, or those with a close equivalent appointment, from EPSCoR jurisdictions.

"These awards provide non-tenured researchers with tremendous opportunities and result in EPSCoR institutions gaining faculty members and investigators with cutting-edge research experience, who can help build the vibrant science and engineering laboratories and programs of

the future."

NSF acting EPSCoR head Uma Venkateswaran
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