Past Projects: 2007-2011

The First NH EPSCoR Project Increased Research Capacity

Scientists and engineers test satellite instruments at UNH Space Science Center

New Hampshire's first EPSCoR project significantly increased research capacity in space science, environmental science and nanotechnology. The National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement award provided funds for the installation of:

  1. A thermal-vacuum chamber at UNH and a facility at Dartmouth College, enabling participation in NASA missions for the development of instruments for small space satellites;
  2. A wind tunnel at UNH for the study of turbulent boundary layer dynamics which is relevant to research in environmental, atmospheric and marine sciences, energy-related technologies and engineering; and
  3. Analytical nanoscale instruments at UNH and Dartmouth which led to the discovery of a compound that holds promise in the manufacture of flexible organic electronics such as solar cells, solid state lighting and radio frequency identification tags.

Wind tunnel student design project recognized by the NSF.

The NSF award, totaling $7.78 million over four years, enabled new research that led to thirty-one more grants totaling nearly $52 million. A spin-out company, Innovacene, Inc., aims to produce high-quality, low-cost white lighting products using OLED technology that was developed at UNH. A technology developed in a partnership with Foss Manufacturing received FDA approval and patent applications arose from three projects with industry partners.

Thirty-nine articles were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The project also developed a statewide effort to improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and contributed to a statewide Inclusive Excellence Plan to broaden participation in higher education as well as the state's first Science and Technology Plan.

Key Accomplishments

  • $46 million in new NASA missions are led by UNH
  • World's largest wind tunnel is built
  • 27 research partnerships formed with NH companies
  • Antimicrobial technology approved by FDA, wins NH honor
  • Innovacene, Inc., a spin-out from UNH, develops new technology
  • Research projects employ 115 students and post-docs
  • Outreach programs reach 172 teachers (K-12) and 3,814 students

Research Partnerships

Small businesses are the lifeblood of NH's economy. Leveraging state funds for partnerships with universities, EPSCoR has assisted 23 companies looking for ways to create products or improve products or manufacturing processes.