Expanded Opportunity Zone

The Expanded Opportunity Zone (EOZ) is a pilot project funding plan that considers all applications with scores two times the projected payline in a given fiscal year. The zone between the projected payline and twice that payline is the EOZ. The intent of this plan is to fund (1) the applications that have scores within the projected payline, and (2) a percentage of those that have scores within the expanded opportunity zone using a fraction of our funds set aside for this purpose and any end of year funds. Factors considered for selecting applications in the EOZ for funding include (1) scientific program priority/alignment with the strategic plan/ likelihood of sustained impact, (2) research uniqueness and innovation, (3) career stage of the investigator, (4) investigators from under-represented groups, and (5) current level of investigator funding.

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