What is EPSCoR?

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a federal program designed to improve the research capacity of eligible states or regions, making them nationally competitive for future grants. Twenty-seven states, including Iowa, are currently eligible to participate in the federal EPSCoR programs.

The designation of the State of Iowa as an EPSCoR jurisdiction creates new opportunities for extramural funding at several federal funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Energy (DOE). 

Visit the new Iowa EPSCoR website to learn more.


Harnessing Energy in the Biosphere to Building Sustainable Energy Systems (Iowa NSF EPSCoR)

In September 2011, the National Science Foundation announced a $20 million, five-year award to build the state of Iowa's research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency. This award is an investment under the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The core of the research project will be conducted at Iowa's three public universities: Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

Learn more about the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project.



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