OIA's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Section

The Office of Integrative Activities is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sandra Richardson as the Section Head for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) section within the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), effective February 13, 2022. Please see the official announcment memo for more information.


EPSCoR is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity, EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Bridging EPSCoR Communities (RII-BEC). The RII-BEC initiative seeks to enable institutions in EPSCoR jurisdictions to set up bridge programs to facilitate the transitions of Affected Groups (e.g., women, underrepresented groups, research trainees, and graduate fellows) from one stage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) training to the next, with particular focus on providing support for individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM and those transitioning from or to minority-serving institutions (MSIs) within EPSCoR jurisdictions. Funding for this program is made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319, sec. 7502).


NSF EPSCoR hosted its annual PI meeting in May, 2021. To see meeting presentations and recordings, visit the Meeting Website.


During 2021, NSF EPSCoR is conducting an extended visioning activity with its community nationwide, called The Future of NSF EPSCOR. There will be multiple opportunities for stakeholder input about the program’s impact and potential future strategies. Details can be found at the Future of NSF EPSCoR website. The site includes a contact form for those wishing to stay informed about planned activities.


The FY 2023 EPSCoR Eligibility Table is now available. Please note: this table applies to all EPSCoR competitions taking place in the next fiscal year, October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023.




EPSCoR enhances research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions (states, territories, commonwealth) by strengthening STEM capacity and capability.


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


  • 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.