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, 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 typically up to $750,000 for a 3-year period. A 50-100% match (non-federal funds, cash or in-kind) is usually required for every NASA dollar awarded, but each announcement can vary. NASA intends to solicit EPSCoR Research Cooperative Agreements yearly, pending funding.
View the list of 2014 Award Recipients...

  NASA EPSCoR Research Cooperative Agreement: FY2015  

Announcement of Opportunity #NNH15ZHA003C
The pre-proposal process for this announcement is now closed.

Letters of Intent are due on December 15, 2014
Pre-proposal due date: TBA
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 anticipated FY 2015 NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN), which is expected to be released in late 2014. 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 December 15, 2014, 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, 2014):
The required LOIs must include the following:

  1. Science PI information, including name, institution, department, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address.
  2. Contact Information, if other than the PI.
  3. Descriptive Title of the proposed project (may be preliminary).
  4. Project Synopsis (500 words maximum, may be preliminary).
  5. Names and institutions of key personnel.
  6. Names and e-mail address of three out-of-state merit reviewers.  The reviewers must not be involved in this proposal. We strongly encourage that at least one named reviewer be from a NASA center or facility.

Each LOI is to be submitted as a single pdf file to the NH NASA EPSCoR Director Toni Galvin (toni.galvin@unh.edu, cc: kristi.donahue@unh.edu). LOI's are due no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time, December 15, 2014.  Confirmation of the receipt of an LOI will be sent to the Science PI named in the LOI, or the designated contact.

Pre-proposals (Pending)
Pre-proposals are in anticipation of the release of the 2015 NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN). Information on pre-proposals will be announced in the near future.

It is anticipated that 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 goes on 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-proposal timetable is 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:kristi.donahue@unh.edu