About EPSCoR

The Established 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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sigma cubesat
A NH NASA EPSCoR RID award is developing infrastructure for CubeSat-class spacecraft instrumentation. A miniature fluxgate magnetometer will fly on a Korean cubesat mission (SIGMA).

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The NASA EPSCoR study of Ocular Changes in Space traveled to Johnson Space Center to conduct experiments aboard microgravity flights.

UNH Prof. Jennifer Jacobs, and CRREL researcher, Benjamin Winn, install automated snow temperature profile array at Hubbard Brook Exper. Forest.

New Hampshire NASA EPSCoR

Current Projects

Research & Infrastructure Development (RID) Miniaturization of Instrumentation and Electronics for CubeSats expands the infrastructure for low-cost access to space research. This simplification of satellite infrastructure makes it possible to design and produce a working satellite at low cost.

Highly Manufacturable Ionospheric Scientific Spacecraft Development led by Dr. Kristina Lynch, Dartmouth College. Students are working with researchers in all aspects of this development.

Hybrid Analog/Digital Time-of-flight electronics board, led by Dr. Harald Kucharek, UNH. The first R&TI project to be awarded under this RID is the development of a concept design for a hybrid analog and digital Time-of-Flight (TOF) system that will improve the timing resolution of TOF detectors that may be used in future heliophysics missions. The concept will be tested within an existing instrument system under high vacuum conditions (space-like environment). The goal is to determine if the concept is feasible, and if so, to increase the technical readiness level (TRL) to an appropriate level (TRL 6) for future mission instrumentation proposals. Students are working with researchers in the lab testing of this development.

Research Cooperative Agreement (CAN)
Responsive Autonomous Rovers to Enable Polar Science brings together experts in engineering and earth science. The proposed research builds on Dartmouth’s success in developing autonomous robots to expand ground-based remote sensing in Polar regions. We specifically seek to develop protocols and conduct autonomous studies using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and robotic-mounted albedo sensors to provide data that link to firn compaction and surface mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet and associated climate models. Autonomous positioning and operation of ground instruments using robots expands opportunities for terrestrial scientific discovery through remote sensing. Robotic surveys can provide high-resolution spatiotemporal data to improve ice sheet mass-balance models, provide ground truth for aerial and satellite data, and more broadly provide paradigms for extra-planetary ground-based science.

The Dartmouth College science lead of this investigation is the Thayer School of Engineering Professor Laura Ray. Read more...

Research Cooperative Agreement (CAN)
Ocular Changes in Space brings together experts in space physiology, opthalmology, and mathematical modeling. They will develop an integrated numerical model of the ocular changes occurring under space flight conditions.

We know that astronauts experience visual changes during space flight. The team will integrate numerical and physiologic data into a modeling tool that will be used to better understand these visual alterations.

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...

Past Projects

doug osborne measuring snowmelt
Doug Osborne, UNH graduate student, measures the snow temperature profiles at Hubbard Brook Exper. Forest.

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.
Project Bibliography...

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...

Research & Infrastructure Development

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

PROJECT NEWS: The miniature magnetometer developed in this project will be included in a Korean satellite mission, SIGMA. Much work on this mini fluxgate mangentometer was done by UNH undergraduate Chrystal Moser, advised by Dr. Marc Lessard.Read more...

New Hampshire Small Satellite Infrastructure
supported 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...