About Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

The Center for Advanced Surface Engineering (CASE)

Request for Proposals: CASE Year 3 Seed Grants

CASE is now accepting competitive research proposals for the 2018 Seed Grant Program. Please review all information carefully before submitting a proposal.

Proposals must be prepared as described in the guidelines and condensed as a single PDF.  A signature from the PI’s Campus Sponsored Programs Office or equivalent is required. Collaborative proposals from differing institutions required signatures from the Sponsored Programs Offices of all organizations participating.  Proposals not signed by sponsored programs office(s) will NOT be accepted. The PDF should be submitted electronically as an email attachment sent by the PI’s institutional research office or equivalent.

The total proposal budget should not exceed $50,000 (including an effective indirect costs of no more than 8%) over a span of 6-24 months. If project budget exceeds $50,000, special justification should be included with proposal.  The Center for Advanced Surface Engineering anticipates distributing approximately  $230,000 in this year with a targeted project starting date of 8/1/2017.

Successful proposals will identify emerging or transformative areas of research in alignment with CASE scientific focus and support one or more of the CASE goals, but does not overlap current CASE projects. Applicants are encouraged to review the list of faculty currently working on the project and review the Track 1 Proposal Project Summary linked below.


CASE Seed Funding RFP 2018

CASE SEED Grant Program -Budget Template 2018

Budget Justification 2018

Track 1 Proposal Project Summary

DEADLINE: Completed proposals should be emailed to Kathy Baird-Kirk (kxb009@uark.edu) by 5:00 PM Monday, April 2, 2018.

CONTACT INFO: Kathy M. Baird-Kirk, CASE Program Manager. Phone: (479) 575-3680


Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 1

The Arkansas NSF EPSCoR program is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, statewide grant program leveraging $24 million over 5 years to expand research, workforce development, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational outreach in Arkansas. The program is administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Division of Science and Technology to maximize resources available to support the advancement of STEM in Arkansas.

The current Track 1 project, the Center for Advanced Surface Engineering (CASE), is designed to strengthen research in Arkansas with potential for national significance and major economic development.

CASE research will focus on discovery and application of novel, multifunctional, and tunable surfaces with engineered mechanical, optical, electrical, magnetic, biological, and filtering properties that have potential to impact Arkansas’ manufacturing, aerospace & defense, agriculture, forestry, food packaging, oil and gas, and healthcare industries. By facilitating connections between academia and industry, CASE aims to accelerate Arkansas’ transition to a knowledge-based economy.

Center Leadership and Supporting Faculty Page

Participating institutions include Arkansas State University (ASU), The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (UAF), The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS), The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), The University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM), The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Ouachita Baptist University (OBU), Southern Arkansas University (SAU), Philander Smith College (PSC), The University of Central Arkansas (UCA), and The UAF Division of Agriculture.

Support for the Arkansas EPSCoR Program is provided by the National Science Foundation's Research Infrastructure Improvement Award OIA-1457888.

Summer Research Institute

The Center for Advanced Surface Engineering (CASE) in collaboration with the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, & the Arts (ASMSA) host an annual Summer Research Institute at the ASMSA campus in Hot Springs, AR. The event is attended by STEM undergraduates from Arkansas and the surrounding region.

The Summer Research Institute is an intensive 4-day experience where students will learn skills in career development, research and lab techniques, science communication, research ethics, 3D printing, CAD modeling, and more.

The application for the 2018 Summer Research Institute is now open and the deadline to apply is April 1, 2018. View the application and learn more about the program at this link.

This program is part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

An integral component of the program is entrepreneurial training, support for commercialization of new technologies, and educational outreach to enhance the STEM workforce pipeline needed to support the country's evolving industries.

The program continues to make significant investments in a broad range of programs to strengthen human capacity across the state and to ensure a pipeline of scientifically and technically literate students and employees for the 21st century. The Human Resource Development and Community Outreach Plan coordinates a variety of capacity building programs with economic impact. Several programs cultivate the "entrepreneurial mindset" and expand the knowledge base required for enabling researchers to pursue commercialization of intellectual property and innovative devices. Other programs focus on strengthening Arkansas' science and technology pipeline to address State and regional workforce issues by increasing numbers of women and individuals from underrepresented minority populations. These pipeline programs include activities that integrate research and education for K-12 students and teachers, as well as for undergraduate and graduate students. Education capacity is also strengthened through new faculty hires, mentoring programs, "Room and Board" sites at each campus to facilitate inter-campus faculty and graduate students exchanges, an Access Grid seminar series, discipline-specific regional and national meetings, and electronic access to scientific journals.

For more information on the archived Advancing and Supporting Science, Engineering, and Technology (ASSET) I project please click here.