About EPSCoR

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1979. The program goal: to strengthen U.S. research and education in science and engineering.

In 1991-92, other federal agencies formed similar EPSCoR programs. States qualifying for NSF EPSCoR funds are then eligible to apply for EPSCoR funds from other federal agencies.

In 2004, the National Science Foundation designated New Hampshire an EPSCoR state. That designation qualified N.H. researchers to apply for other federal agency EPSCoR funds.

New Hampshire's NASA EPSCoR is administerd throught the N.H. Space Grant at the University of New Hampshire.

Seven federal agencies now have EPSCoR programs: the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Dept. of Defense, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Dept. of Energy, and Environmental Protection Agency.

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EPSCoR Research & Infrastructure Development (RID) Cooperative Agreements initiate research collaborations.

NASA EPSCoR Research Cooperative Agreements extend research capability and address high-priority strategic NASA research needs.

New Hampshire NASA EPSCoR

In 2004, the National Science Foundation designated New Hampshire an EPSCoR state. That EPSCoR designation then qualified New Hampshire researchers and research jurisdictions to apply for EPSCoR funds from federal agencies with EPSCoR programs—NASA being one of those agencies.

New Hampshire NASA EPSCoR is administered through the New Hampshire Space Grant at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Antoinette Galvin, director of the NH Space Grant, is director of NH NASA EPSCoR. A New Hampshire EPSCoR Technical Advisory Committee serves to advise on the jurisdiction's research priorities, the program progress and accomplishments.

NASA EPSCoR Inititatives

The NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, is a merit-based program designed to strengthen research capabilities in jurisdictions not equably participating in competitive aerospace and aerospace-related research activities.

EPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions are offered funding to develop a more competitive research base among their member academic institutions.

Two main initiatives of NASA EPSCoR are:
1. Research & Infrastructure Development (RID) Cooperative Agreements address enabling jurisdictions to build and strengthen relationships with NASA researchers. Typically up to $125,000 may be awarded by NASA per year to a given jurisdiction. The RID proposal and award has a three-year cycle. A one-to-one match (non-federal, cash or in-kind) is required for every NASA dollar awarded. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal should focus on building the core strength needed to develop competitive research and technology development methods and activities for the solution of scientific and technical problems of importance to NASA as defined by one or more of the four Mission Directorates and/or one or more of the ten NASA Centers. The jurisdictional proposal should demonstrate a contribution to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the EPSCoR jurisdiction. Only one proposal per jurisdiction may be submitted to NASA for a given RID solicitation. If selected, the NASA EPSCoR award is made to the institution of the NASA EPSCoR Director. Funding to other participating institutions are through sub-awards from the Director's institution (UNH). Each participating institution within the RID proposal will be responsible for providing 1:1 match as cost share for their portion of NASA funding, with the cost share guaranteed by their institution (the source for cost share will be provided as part of their proposal, and such cost share will be obligated to their institution under the sub-award process). Those institutions of higher learning within the jurisdiction who are interested in participating within a RID proposal should contact the NH NASA EPSCoR Director's office by November 1st of the year prior to the NASA solicitation due date. The upcoming NASA RID solicitations are expected to take place in early 2015, 2018, 2021 (that is, the RIDS are on a three-year cycle). Inquiries for participation within the 2015 solicitation are due by November 1, 2014 (please make inquiries to toni.galvin@unh.edu).

Requests for internal UNH mini-award selections (small infrastructure research projects with a 1-3 year period of performance under existing RID) are due September 1st of each year. For details on these small awards, including eligibility, cost share requirements, and status of funding availability, please contact toni.galvin@unh.edu. For the most recent selection criteria, read more (pdf) and sample form.

2. Research Cooperative Agreements address high-priority NASA research and technology development needs. They are expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates and contribute to overall research infrastructure... for the most recent (FY2016) call, read more (pdf).

Awards are typically up to $750,000 for a 3-year period. A 50% to 100% match (non-federal source of funds, cash or in-kind) is usually required for every NASA dollar awarded, but match requirements in each announcement may vary. NASA intends to solicit EPSCoR Research Cooperative Agreements yearly (typically in the December through March timeframe), pending available funding. All institutions of higher learning within the state of New Hampshire (the 'jurisdiction') are eligible to compete, however as only one proposal may be submitted per jurisdiction, there is a down-selection process done through the NH NASA EPSCoR Director's office (currently located at UNH). Currently, NASA policy is to make the award to the jurisdictional director's institution, and then a sub-award is made from that institution (UNH) to the proposal's Science PI institution. Those jurisdictional institutions of higher learning interested in having a research project considered for the New Hampshire submission for the upcoming solicitation year are to submit mini-proposals to the Director's office the preceding year. For further information on what is required and submittal details for the mini-proposal for the 2017 NASA Cooperative Agreement opportunity, please contact the NH NASA EPSCoR office toni.galvin@unh.edu prior to November 1, 2016.

Important Dates:

Inquiry to Director for requirements and submittal details: November 1, 2016.

Submittal of Letter of Intent (LOI): November 10, 2016.

Submittal of Jurisdiction (NH) pre-proposal: December 1, 2016 (but subject to change).

Jursidictional down-selection process: December 1- December 31, 2016 (but subject to change).

NOI to NASA: Likely early (January) 2017 (but subject to the AO).

Proposal to NASA: Likely early 2017 (but subject to the AO).