Research Implementation (RI) Program 2013
Request for White Papers

Request for DOE EPSCoR White Papers
Issued March 27, 2013
    Due: Noon, April 30, 2013

Selection Notification: early June, 2013

FROM: Sheri Anderson, Interim Co-Project Director, NDSU Office
             Mark Hoffmann, Co-Project Director, UND Office

RE:       Request for White Papers – DOE EPSCoR Research Implementation (RI) Program, 2013

Printable Version RFP (pdf)

Cover Sheet (pdf form)

In anticipation of a DOE EPSCoR RI program announcement, interested tenured, tenure-track, research faculty, and full-time researchers are invited to submit whitepapers to be eligible for selection as the finalist for the ND DOE EPSCoR RI proposal.  The selected research group will become the research focus of the North Dakota DOE EPSCoR proposal.

Program Description The purpose of this program is to enhance the capabilities of designated EPSCoR states to conduct nationally-competitive, energy-related research activities and to develop science and engineering human resources in energy-related areas to meet current and future needs. We anticipate the 2013 announcement will be similar to the FY 2011 RFP (  It should be used as background for preparing the White Paper. 

Successful infrastructure improvement plans are likely to be those that are focused on a single energy-related research area and which represent the opportunities for enhanced academic R&D competitiveness, including the acquisition of sustained non-EPSCoR support. Priority will be given to applications that propose to develop innovative, emerging research initiatives. The DOE EPSCoR RI program is not an appropriate mechanism to provide support for individual faculty science and technology research projects.  Successful proposals generally involve researchers from more than one institution from the state.  While there is not any specific distribution of funding between NDSU and UND prescribed, proposals that utilize expertise at both institutions are likely to be more successful.

Procedure and Requirements

White Papers will be subject to external and internal review. Applicants are strongly encouraged, by both ND EPSCoR and DOE, to collaborate with researchers at other institutions such as universities, national laboratories, and other nonprofit research organizations, as well as technology-based companies. A PI may submit only one White Paper and be a Co-PI on one other White Paper. 

Evaluation Criteria

White papers will be evaluated on scientific merit, potential for impact on the mission of DOE and potential to increase the competitiveness of ND research for grants from the DOE. The selected research group will work with the ND EPSCoR offices, and with ND EPSCoR’s consultant, The Implementation Group (TIG), to develop appropriate jurisdictional infrastructure.

Checklist Requirements-Submit both paper and electronic copy

Proposal Paper Copies: Original + Two (2) copies
Must be
single-spaced, one-sided pages, margins ≥ 1”, with no less than a 10-point font. Staple original and all copies in the following order:

  1. Cover Page (Available from a link at the top of this page.)
  2. Executive Summary (separate one page).
  3. Research Concept (no more than five pages).
  4. Specific evidence of interest from a relevant DOE
    program manager(s). (letter of support or comparable).
  5. Appendices (20-page maximum) limited to and in the following order:
    a) Interdepartmental support letters if specific collaboration is      proposed.
    b) Biographical sketches with current and pending support of all participants; two page maximum for each participant.

Proposal Electronic Copy: Send a complete proposal in a single PDF file via e-mail attachment to the campus contacts listed below.
Please use DOE Wh Paper as your email subject. 

ND EPSCoR reserves the right to reject submittals that do not comply with these instructions.

For more information about ND EPSCoR and other funding opportunities, please visit the Web site at  

NDSU: Please direct questions to Sheri Anderson at 701-231-7516 or or Elizabeth Jung at 701-231-1048 or

UND:   Please direct questions to Mark Hoffmann at 701-777-2511 or and Cathy Lerud at