Estab­lished Program to Stim­u­late Com­pet­i­tive Research (EPSCoR)

About NSF EPSCoR

About NSF EPSCoR

The U.S. National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program pursues a mission to enhance the research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions (state, territory or commonwealth) by strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capacity and capability through a diverse portfolio of investments from talent development to local infrastructure.  The EPSCoR program envisions its jurisdictions as recognized contributors to the national and global STEM research enterprise. The program:

  • Catalyzes research capability across and among jurisdictions.
  • Establishes STEM professional development pathways.
  • Broadens participation of diverse groups and institutions in STEM.
  • Effects engagement in STEM at national and global levels.
  • Impacts jurisdictional economic development.

EPSCoR is part of NSF's Broadening Participation portfolio.

Impacts and outcomes

NSF EPSCoR has impacted researchers across the nation.  In the past five years alone, the program's RII awards have accomplished the following:

  • EPSCoR-supported outreach engaged over 6,800 faculty in academic institutions, more than 18,000 K-12 teachers and over 309,000 K-12 students.

  • 486 underrepresented minority graduate and undergraduate students involved in EPSCoR projects attained their degrees.

  • EPSCoR jurisdictions have received 64 new patents and leveraged over $1.4 billion in new awards.

Learn more about EPSCoR's impact on the Impacts and Outcomes webpage.

EPSCoR jurisdiction websites


Each EPSCoR jurisdiction (state, territory or commonwealth) tailors its programs to the needs of its community.  Learn more about each jurisdiction below.

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More about EPSCoR

More about EPSCoR

Investment strategies

Investment strategies

Learn about EPSCoR's three major investment strategies to improve the R&D competitiveness of researchers and institutions within EPSCoR jurisdictions.

Criteria for eligibility

Criteria for eligibility

Find out more about who is eligible for EPSCoR funding.

EPSCoR impacts and outcomes

EPSCoR impacts and outcomes

Since 1979, NSF EPSCoR has served its community through investment across the STEM enterprise.