Future of NSF EPSCoR

NSF EPSCoR seeks to expand opportunities for diverse faculty, staff, and student populations through a geographic approach focused on strengthening research capabilities and competitiveness. The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) established a subcommittee to conduct a visioning activity for the future of NSF EPSCoR. This site provides access to the report and its companion documents, along with an update on the NSF response to the report.

NSF Response

Companion Videos

Envisioning the future of NSF EPSCoR video
In the video, Drs. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Alicia J. Knoedler, Sandra Richardson, and Kelly Rusch highlight the outcomes of the Envisioning the Future of NSF EPSCoR report. They also review the high-level achievements of the NSF EPSCoR program and express NSF’s continued dedication to furthering the impact of initiative in terms of building research infrastructure, supporting education and workforce development, as well as economic development and broadening participation in STEM across jurisdictions.
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Envisioning the future of NSF EPSCoR: Education and workforce development
Dr. Prabhakar Clement (Professor, University of Alabama) introduces the recommendations offered by the CEOSE subcommittee in the NSF EPSCoR visioning process. The video identifies ways the EPSCoR programs contributes to Education and Workforce Development and presents recommendations to promote synergistic research and educational activities including, 1) funding large intra- and inter-jurisdictional grants to enable funding requests for the recruitment and retention of young faculty, thereby building a sustainable workforce and 2) expanding research and collaboration opportunities and related career support and mentoring for individuals at different career stages and pathways within NSF EPSCoR funding programs, especially those from underrepresented groups. These recommendations will build a strong framework to develop a sustainable STEM workforce.
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Envisioning the future of NSF EPSCoR: Broadening participation
Dr. Scott Wicker (Associate Professor of Chemistry, Kentucky State University) introduces the recommendations offered by the CEOSE subcommittee in the NSF EPSCoR visioning process. The video reviews the benefits of Broadening Participation in science and research and presents recommendations to enhance participation including, 1) deepening inclusion strategies to include EPSCoR researchers, especially those from underrepresented groups, in all pre- and post-award facets of the program and 2) expanding access and opportunity for MSIs, PUIs and TYCs. These recommendations will catalyze science, discovery, and innovation.
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Envisioning the future of NSF EPSCoR: Subcommittee member, Daniela Marghitu
Dr. Daniela Marghitu (Professor, Auburn University) discusses the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) subcommittee’s goals and visioning process for the future of NSF EPSCoR. The goals include, 1) expanding and supporting human capital, 2) bridge building, and 3) strengthening resources and infrastructure. Dr. Marghitu explains how the subcommittee’s eight recommendations and nineteen suggestions intend to strengthen the EPSCoR program, providing enhanced support for jurisdictions to serve as a lever for American innovation.
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Envisioning the future of NSF EPSCoR: Research and infrastructure capacity and competitiveness
Dr. Carol L. Silvia (Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma) introduces the recommendations offered by the CEOSE subcommittee in the NSF EPSCoR visioning process. The video reviews the needs identified by the Research and Infrastructure Capacity and Competitiveness subcommittee working group and their recommendations to address these needs, including investing in 1) diverse talent recruitment and retention and 2) the construction and modernization of physical and administrative infrastructure. These recommendations will broaden pathways of opportunity and expand the NSF EPSCoR program’s impact.
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Envisioning the future of NSF EPSCoR: Economic Development
Dr. Marian McCord (Senior Vice Provost, University of New Hampshire) introduces the recommendations offered by the Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) subcommittee as a part of the NSF EPSCoR visioning process. The video highlights the impact EPSCoR has on Economic Development and presents recommendations to enhance EPSCoR’s achievements in support jurisdictional economic development. These include, 1) leveraging established funding programs at federal agencies and 2) building on jurisdiction’s unique strengths and priorities. These recommendations will encourage sustained economic growth and expansion of economic benefits across EPSCoR jurisdictions.
Credit: National Science Foundation