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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A NASA EPSCoR Research Award is using remote sensing data to predict snowmelt and runoff across the U.S.

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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 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

Current Projects

Research & Infrastructure Development Miniaturization of Instrumentation and Electronics for CubeSats will develop increased infrastructure for low-cost access to space research. These small satellite payloads can also be combined into "swarms" of CubeSat-class spacecraft working in concert as a multipoint investigation of geospace phenomena.

The project includes: Energetic Particle Detector Miniaturization, led by Dr. James Connell, UNH; Fluxgate Magnetometer Miniaturization, led by Dr. Marc Lessard, UNH ; Highly Manufacturable Ionospheric Scientific Spacecraft Development led by Dr. Kristina Lynch, Dartmouth College. Students will be working with researchers in all aspects of this development. Read more...

Research Cooperative Agreement
Ocular Changes in Space brings together a team with expertise in space physiology, opthalmology, and mathematical modeling. Their goal: to develop an integrated numerical model of the ocular changes occurring under space flight conditions.

We know that astronauts experience visual changes during space flight. These changes are difficult to study within the space environment. This new modeling effort will provide a better tool for understanding the phenomena.

The science lead of this investigation is Dartmouth College Prof. of Medicine Jay Buckey, a former astronaut who flew on the biomedical Space Shuttle research mission Neurolab. The study is a collaboration between Dartmouth College and Creare, Inc., a Hanover, NH, engineering research & development company. Read more...

Research Cooperative Agreement
Passive Microwave Detection of Snowmelt and Runoff
is being used to study current and historical microwave measurements gathered via satellite to predict flooding caused by snowmelt.

Remote sensing data shows abrupt transitions occurring when the water content of snow increases, indicating potential onset of flooding. While making use of a 30-year microwave record of satellite data, this research represents a new use of that data. Read more...

UNH Prof. Jennifer Jacobs is conducting the study in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, NH.

Research Cooperative Agreement
Icing Assessments in Cold and Alpine Environments
will characterize the conditions of terrain-induced icing that can be detrimental to aviation.

The project will gather surface data from Mount Washington Observatory and other sites in New England; combine mesoscale, terrain feature, and icing data to model site-specific conditions related to elevation and exposure; deploy prototype NASA Glenn Research Ctr. remote ice detector to provide information and verify icing models.

Dr. James Koermer, Plymouth State Univ., is conducting this study in collaboration with the Mt. Washington Observatory and the Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Read More...

Past Projects

Research & Infrastructure Development
New Hampshire Small Satellite Infrastructure
will provide high-end facilities for testing satellite components in space-similar environments at NH facilities.

These facilities support collaboration among space science and engineering investigators at University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College. Building on experience with hardware for studies of Sun-Earth environment, the funding will:
—Partner scientists and engineers at UNH and Dartmouth in developing and testing of small satellite technologies;
— Prepare the next generation of investigators at UNH and Dartmouth for future missions.

Small satellite themes are priorities of NASA and other federal agencies. This funding will further develop UNH and Dartmouth for that work.

Research Cooperative Agreement
Infectious Disease Ecology and Public Health
integrates Earth Observations with Infectious Disease Ecology and Public Health in New Hampshire.

Environmental change in the 21st century will likely alter the pathogen-vector-host relationships of infectious diseases and have an impact on human health.

The Eco-Epidemiology project combines satellite imagery, field samples, human health data, and mathematical models to study the ecology and health risk of vector-borne diseases such as of Lyme disease in the northern US. It partners NH state agencies, private industry, and an interdisciplinary university research team (geospatial technology, disease ecology, public health, and mathematics).

As follow-up to this award, UNH is now offering an undergraduate course in Eco-Epidemiology, taught by Dr. Michael Palace, investigator for the EPSCoR-funded project on Earth Observations and Infectious Disease Ecology. The course was developed in collaboration with the UNH Office of Sustainability.

Eco-Epidemiology student posters...