Envisioning the Future of NSF EPSCoR


NSF EPSCoR is undertaking a visioning process that will engage with its external stakeholder community to better understand the impacts of its investment strategies and identify new opportunities for increased success. This process provides an opportunity for NSF EPSCoR and its stakeholder community to deeply and collaboratively assess how the NSF program can work most effectively with its jurisdictional partners to achieve their shared goals in the context of the nation’s changing STEM research landscape.

A Committee on the Future of NSF EPSCoR will guide this visioning process. The Committee will operate as a subcommittee to NSF’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) and be charged with reviewing materials provided by NSF EPSCoR staff, considering written community input, conducting listening sessions with key stakeholders, and ultimately synthesizing the collected input into a summary report. The success of this visioning process depends critically on thoughtful stakeholder input, and thus we encourage the participation of anyone interested in strengthening STEM research and education capacity across the United States.

The Committee’s work and its engagements with the broader EPSCoR stakeholder community will be organized around two major motivating questions:

  1. What does the available evidence tell us about the effectiveness of NSF EPSCoR’s current investment strategies, both individually and collectively, in advancing scalable, jurisdiction-wide solutions and best practices to achieve the program’s goals?

  2. Based on the answers to the above, are there novel strategies or changes to the current strategies that would enable NSF EPSCoR and its jurisdictional partners to achieve its mission more effectively?

A soon-to-be released Dear Colleague Letter will provide more information about this opportunity. Individuals interested in nominating potential members of the Committee on the Future of NSF EPSCoR are invited to submit the nominee’s contact information via email to nsfepscor@nsf.gov, along with a brief statement of nomination. Interested individuals are welcome to self-nominate by the same process. Nominees (including self-nominees) will then be contacted to provide addition information, including 1) a brief (one-page maximum) statement describing the individual’s interests and anticipated contributions to the success of the visioning activity, and 2) a CV, resume, or biographical sketch highlighting the applicant’s relevant experience. Nominations are especially encouraged for individuals associated with groups or institution types that remain underrepresented in STEM.

Submissions must be received by NSF EPSCoR no later than June 1, 2021 to receive full consideration.

Anyone interested in the Future of NSF EPSCoR visioning activity is highly encouraged to subscribe to the NSF EPSCoR list in order to receive information about website updates, planned events, and opportunities to participate in the visioning process.

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