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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An EPSCoR Research & Infrastructure Development Cooperative Agreeement expanded NH facilities for testing satellite components in space-similar environments.

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A NH NASA EPSCoR Research Award incorporated satellite imagery, health data and modeling to study vector-borne diseases in the Northern U.S.

New Hampshire NASA EPSCoR

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 Technical Advisory Committee advises on the jurisdiction's research priorities, progress, and accomplishments.

NASA EPSCoR Inititatives

NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, (NASA EPSCoR), is 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 significantly contribute to strategic research and technology development in one or more NASA-related areas of study 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.