What's EPSCoR?

History of EPSCoR

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was established by the National Science Foundation in 1979 to strengthen science and engineering infrastructure in states that historically have received less in federal research grants.

In New Hampshire, the NSF NH EPSCoR program is based at the University of New Hampshire, administered by the UNH Senior Vice Provost for Research and a Statewide Committee composed of representatives from industry, academia and government.

Research and outreach activities funded by the NSF EPSCoR awards in NH have created new collaborations between colleges and universities, with the private sector, and with K-12 educators.

NH EPSCoR has received $31.5 million in three National Science Foundation research infrastructure improvement awards since 2011.  Current research projects include:

Ecosystems & Society
An advanced sensor network has been deployed across the state that puts New Hampshire in the forefront of using technology and the Internet to continuously collect environmental data, which can be used to chart a sustainable future, ensuring our natural resources continue to provide for future generations.

New England Sustainability Consortium
This project is a collaboration with Maine EPSCoR and aims to strengthen the scientific basis for decision making in the management of recreational beaches and shellfish harvesting.

Ecosystems Computing Challenge
This project is a partnership model aiming to build access to relevant computing education for underrepresented high school students using mobile applications and data from the Ecosystms & Society project.

EPSCoR programs or similar models have been developed by NASA, the Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health. For information on these programs in NH, see Partnerships.

Since NH became an EPSCoR state in 2004, $93 million in federal grants have been awarded to build research capacity in New Hampshire.

For more information about science and technology in New Hampshire, see the reports below:

New Hampshire's Science and Technology Plan

STEM in New Hampshire:  A Labor Supply and Demand Analysis