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422 Wyoming Hall Dept 3622

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3545

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Funding Opportunities

Do you have a great project or idea?

We may be able to help.

Wyoming EPSCoR provides opportunities for University of Wyoming and Wyoming community college faculty and students to solicit funds. Please check this page regularly for open requests for proposals.


Open Solicitations:

Wyoming Women in Science and Engineering Travel Grants

Request for Proposals for Spring Conference Travel Grants from the EPSCoR Wyoming Women in Science and Engineering (WWISE) Program.

I.  GENERAL: To increase the visibility of women in STEM fields, Wyoming EPSCoR will provide travel funding assistance to selected female faculty, research staff, postdocs, and graduate students who plan to present their research at national meetings that take place between February 28 and June 1, 2017.

II. DEADLINE: 5pm, February 17, 2017

III. ELIGIBILITY: University of Wyoming female faculty members, research staff, postdocs, and graduate students and Wyoming Community College female faculty in STEM disciplines are eligible to apply.* Minorities underrepresented in STEM fields and women with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. All areas of non-medical STEM, fundable by NSF, are eligible for support.

Researchers associated with the EPSCoR-funded Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG) are particularly encouraged to apply. Other applications focused on water related issues will also enjoy favorable reviews. WyCEHG supports research related to hydrology, geology/geophysics, ecology, ecosystem science, natural resources, computational sciences, and modeling.

IV. APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applicants can request travel reimbursement awards in the amounts of $500, $750, $1000.  Interested individuals must apply via the online form

Award request amount:




Final Total

Number of awards to be provided:










 With the new structure, applicants will be evaluated by level of funding request and the below criteria. Numbers are based on estimates and may change depending on need, merit, and available funds. 

For graduate students: a letter of recommendation is required from the faculty supervisor sent under separate cover directly to Emily Vercoe at The faculty supervisor should include a list of current and pending grants and contracts. Subject in email should read, “WWISE Recommendation [Student’s Last Name].”

V. Criteria

Evaluation criteria will include:

  1. Relevance: WyCEHG related presentations will be given preference.
  2. Quality: Proposals will be evaluated on clarity of needs statements and quality of overall application.
  3. Presentation impact:  preference given to applicants who plan to do oral presentations or a combination of an oral presentation and poster.
  4. Personal statement: preference given to individuals who demonstrate how the conference attendance will benefit their career, the university community, their department, and their given field/area of study.
  5. Career standing: preference given to graduate students and early career applicants.
  6. Previous funding: preference given to individuals not previously funded.


In order to receive funding, WWISE travel grant awardees will be asked to agree to the following stipulations:

1)       The awardee will confirm with the EPSCoR office that the abstract has been accepted at the conference prior to travel.

2)       The awardee will acknowledge support by the Wyoming Women in Science and Engineering program funded by NSF Grant # EPS 1208909 on the poster or presentation slides.

3)       The awardee must be a UW or Wyoming Community College employee or student at the time of travel.

4)       Funding is provided after the travel has occurred and only actual expenses up to the granted amount will be reimbursed (Note:  the EPSCoR office will consider exceptions to this timing if discussed in advance).

5)       Receipts for travel must be received in the EPSCoR Office, WyoHall 419 or 420, within 45 days of travel in order to be reimbursed.

 All travel MUST be completed by June 30, 2017, or we will not be able to reimburse your expenses.


If you have questions, please email Emily Vercoe at


Closed Solicitations:

NSF EPSCoR Track -2 and Track - 4 Awards Competitions

The Wyoming Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), on behalf of the Wyoming EPSCoR State Committee and the UW Office of Research and Economic Development, is planning to submit a new application for continued support through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program. Solicitation opens fall of each year.

Seed Grants

Seed grants are intended to jump-start a larger research or outreach project and recipients will be required to submit a major grant proposal within one year of the end of seed grant funding. Contact Sarah Konrad for details. 2015 - 2016 recipients include:

  • Melanie Murphy for “Wetland ephemerality and climate change: implications for ecosystem services”
  • Urszula Norton for “Mechanisms linking ecosystem nitrogen processing and hydrological transport following bark beetle-caused forest mortality”
  • Bryan Shuman for “Developing a continental-scale network of long-term drought observations: Multi-millennial hydrologic records for the Critical Zone Observatories”

Outside the Box Grants

Wyoming EPSCoR Outside the Box program objectives are to promote research and outreach in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines in directions that are novel and risky. We are looking for proposals that showcase high risk, high reward ideas that are unlikely to be funded by other sources. As the Outside-the-Box grants will be supported with funds from our current Track 1 RII grant, “Water in Changing West,” we ask that research proposals be broadly related to water and work being carried out by the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG). Outside-the-Box grants are intended to support cutting-edge research or outreach projects that would be otherwise difficult to fund but still build logically from existing literature in the discipline. Each project should be for one year in duration and may request up to $50,000 in funding support. Contact Sarah Konrad for details. Previous recipients include:

  • Alex Latchininsky for "Can Grasshoppers Repel Themselves?" 
  • Bart Geerts for "High-Resolution Modeling of Streamflow in the Rocky Mountain Headwater region: quantifying seasonal water supply variations and extreme flows in future decades"
  • Kara Pratt for "Developmental neuropathology of Xenopus tadpoles exposed to several neuroactive pharmaceuticals and other contaminants in treated wastewater effluent from Laramie, Wyoming: screening wastewater contaminants for effects on neurodevelopment”
  • Linda van Diepen, Karen Vaughan, and Andy Parsekian for “Spatial Distribution of Alpine Permafrost and its Influence on Mountain Hydrology and Climate Change in the Snowy Range Mountains, Wyoming”
  • Brian Barber and Lusha Trondstad for "Girl Scouts in Science: Discovering Wyoming Water" 
  • Paul Johnson for "Real-Time Monitoring of E. Coli Contamination in Recreational Waters"
  • Dave Williams, Bryan Shuman, and Jane Zelikova for "Telling the story of Earth's changing cryosphere: From molecules to alpine lakes to adventure film festivals​."


Community College Research Opportunities

Community College Research Program

Support research areas related to environmental hydrology and geophysics with 12-month $11,000 grant. The goal of the program is to increase competitiveness and research capacity at community colleges in Wyoming and to encourage hands-on research for community college students. This round of CCRP funding is specifically tied to the research objectives set by the Wyoming Center for Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG). Projects with a strong tie to WyCEHG research and those that would benefit from the use of WyCEHG equipment will be considered.  WyCEHG is conducting research and supporting education in areas of hydrology and geophysics that will transform science and watershed management in Wyoming by providing cutting-edge knowledge and tools to water resource managers and scientists in the public and private sectors. Contact Emily Vercoe or Rick Matlock for more information - not currently accepting proposals.

Community College Research Support for STEM Students

Funding for summer research projects in any area of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and encourage student research.  The project must include support for community college student(s). Wyoming EPSCoR will provide financial support to successful proposals in the amount of $7,000, half of which should be spent on student support. Applications will be reviewed based on research potential, feasibility, and student involvement. Contact Emily Vercoe or Rick Matlock for more information - not currently accepting proposals.


Some examples of Wyoming EPSCoR funded research

Thanks to the Ruckelshaus Institute and the Medicine Bow National Forest for producing Our Future Forests and their support of the Beyond Bark Beetles project as well Morgan Heim and Day's Edge Productions for their beautiful work on the End of Snow Project!

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