Estab­lished Program to Stim­u­late Com­pet­i­tive Research (EPSCoR)

About NSF EPSCoR

About NSF EPSCoR

Mission

NSF's EPSCoR program enhances research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions (states, territories, and a commonwealth) by strengthening STEM capacity and capability through a diverse portfolio of investments from talent development to local infrastructure.  Learn more about NSF's Broadening Participation portfolio at the BP Home Page.

Vision

EPSCoR envisions its jurisdictions as recognized contributors to the national and global STEM research enterprise.  

Goals

  • Catalyze research capability across and among jurisdictions;
  • Establish STEM professional development pathways;
  • Broaden participation of diverse groups/institutions in STEM;
  • Effect engagement in STEM at national and global levels; and
  • Impact jurisdictional economic development.

Impacts and Outcomes

NSF EPSCoR has impacted researchers across the nation.  In the past 5 years alone, 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 our impact on our EPSCoR Impacts and Outcomes webpage.

EPSCoR Jurisdiction Websites


Each EPSCoR jurisdiction (state, territory, or commonwealth) pursues its objectives using programs tailored to the most relevant needs of their community.  Learn more about each jurisdiction below.

View jurisdiction websites

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More about EPSCoR

More about EPSCoR

Investment Strategies

Investment Strategies

Learn about the three major investment strategies to achieve the goal of improving 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.