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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New Hampshire's NASA EPSCoR
Technical Advisory Committee


Dr. Antoinette Galvin, Chair
NASA NH EPSCoR Director, NHSGC Director, Commissioner for the state of New Hampshire, and TAC Chair

Dr. Jan Nisbet
Senior Vice Provost for Research at UNH, and Director of NH EPSCoR. Prof. Nisbet is a founding director of the university's Institute on Disability.

Councilor Daniel St. Hilaire
Represents District 2 of New Hampshire as an elected member of the State of New Hampshire's Executive Council. The five-member Executive Council has the authority and responsibility, together with the Governor, over the administration of the affairs of the state. Councilor St. Hilaire has a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. In addition to serving on the Executive Council, he is the Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Concord.

Mr. Christopher Bancroft
Owner and CEO of Bancroft's Computer Services, Wakefield, NH. His company provides consulting and development of optical, x-ray, and other sensor systems for various clients since 1991. Mr. Bancroft works in the Space Science Center at UNH on a number of NASA balloon payload packages and has a patent-pending high voltage power design of interest for space instrumentation systems.

Ms. Tiffany Nardino
Astronomy Educator and McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Space Grant Affiliate representative. Ms. Nardino has a B.A. in Astronomy and Physics from Mt. Holyoke College.

Dr. Mark McConnell
Professor of Physics, Chair of the Physics Department at UNH, and UNH Space Grant Affiliate representative

Dr. Mary Hudson
a Professor of Physics and Dartmouth College Space Grant Affiliate representative. Prof. Hudson served as the Chair of her department for eight years and is currently a principal investigator with the NSF-funded Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM). She is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Dr. Kristin Simunac
Co-Investigator on the STEREO mission and Assistant Director NHSGC.