About EPSCoR

EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1979, with a goal of strengthening U.S. research and education in science and engineering. In 1991-92 the U.S. Congress asked other federal agencies supporting academic research to form EPSCoR programs similar to that of NSF.

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.

The National Science Foundation designates states as qualifying for EPSCoR funds. That designation then carries eligibility to apply for federal EPSCoR funds. Each federal agency administers its EPSCoR program as it best contributes to their mission.

NASA's EPSCoR funds are administered by the NASA National Space Grant infrastructure. The NH Space Grant director is the NH NASA EPSCoR director.

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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, enabling jurisdictions to build and strengthen relationships with NASA researchers. The RID has a three-year base period with a potential single, two-year renewal. Awards are $125,000 per year. A one-to-one match (cash or in-kind) is required for every NASA dollar awarded.

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... read more (pdf)

Awards are up to $750,000 for a 3-year period. A one-to-one match (cash or in-kind) is required for every NASA dollar awarded. NASA intends to solicit EPSCoR Research Cooperative Agreements yearly, pending funding.

  Call for Letters of Intent/Pre-proposals  

NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement: FY 2014
Announcement of Opportunity (1/24/2014)...

Letters of Intent were due on December 15, 2013
Pre-proposals were due on December 20, 2013
Proposal Process:The New Hampshire NASA EPSCoR Director may submit one (1) proposal on behalf of New Hampshire‘s higher education institutions in response to the FY 2014 NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN), expected to be released in late 2013. Information on the period of performance and funding amounts will not be available prior to the announcement of opportunity, but typically these have been grants for about $750,000 over three years, plus an additional cost share requirement of 50% to 100% non-federal matching funds. 

Prospective applicants for the New Hampshire submission are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) in order to participate in the pre-proposal and proposal selection process.  Pre-proposals and proposals from individuals who do not submit a LOI by the due date will not be considered.  The information provided in the LOIs will assist us in identifying appropriate merit reviewers, and will not be used in the review of subsequent pre-proposals.

Letters of Intent (Due Dec. 15, 2013):
The required LOIs must include the following:

  1. Science PI information, including name, institution, department, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address.
  2. Descriptive Title of the proposed project (may be preliminary).
  3. Project Synopsis (500 words maximum).
  4. Names and institutions of key personnel.
  5. Names and e-mail address of five out-of-state merit reviewers.  The reviewers must not be involved in a current or pending project with the proposal team (including this proposal).

Each higher education institution in New Hampshire may submit one (1) LOI as a single pdf file to the NH NASA EPSCoR Director Antoinette Galvin (toni.galvin@unh.edu). LOI's were due no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time, December 15, 2013.  Confirmation of the receipt of an LOI will be sent to the Science PI named in the LOI.

Pre-proposals (Due December 20, 2013, subject to change)
Pre-proposals are in anticipation of the release of the 2014 NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN). 

Only one (1) proposal from New Hampshire may be submitted to NASA in response to this year’s AO. The selection of which proposal from our state will go forward will be decided through the submission and evaluation of pre-proposals to the NH NASA EPSCoR director’s office.

The pre-proposal to NH NASA EPSCoR is to be submitted electronically. Each NH institution that submitted an eligible LOI and that meets the AO's requirements may submit only one pre-proposal (which is welcome to be collaborative) that will be reviewed by a panel convened by the directorship. This committee will select which pre-proposal may proceed to the formal proposal stage.

Only those applicants who have met the requirements under the Letter of Intent section of this call will have their pre-proposals eligible for evaluation and submission.

The application pre-proposal shall include the following:

  1. Title of proposal
  2. NOI (moderate changes in the LOI are allowed in the NOI),
  3. CV of the person intending to lead the proposal effort (Science PI),
  4. Brief description of the intended research and any further information (limit 5 pages) deemed important by the proposer for the State's down-selection process. This description must indicate which NASA Mission Directorate and NASA research center the proposed research topic falls under.
  5. Contact information for the point of contact on the submission.

The pre-proposals are anticipated to be due by December 20, 2013. The pre-proposal timetable may change, subject to the issuance of the AO. If this timetable is changed, all eligible submitters of the LOIs will be notified. The pre-proposals are to be sent as a Word and pdf file to: 
Dr. Toni Galvin, Director, New Hampshire NASA EPSCoR, at toni.galvin@unh.edu, cc:K.Simunac@unh.edu