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


NSF EPSCoR National Conference organizers are pleased to invite faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars to the 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference, which will be held in Columbia, SC, from October 27-30, 2019. The theme of the conference is Science and partnerships across disciplinary boundaries, and participants from all EPSCoR RII Tracks as well as interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

The new EPSCoR Workshop Opportunities solicitation (NSF 19-588) has been posted. NSF EPSCoR welcomes proposals for workshops in areas of science and engineering that advance the program’s major goals and promise to engage a broad community of investigators or practitioners, while including the intentional involvement of the EPSCoR community. For EPSCoR workshop proposals, applicants should demonstrate how the topic is of importance to relevant science and / or engineering field(s) and include evidence that the topic will engage and be of particular interest to the greater EPSCoR community.

EPSCoR recently held its annual PI meeting on May 16-17, 2019. Over 120 participants representing all NSF EPSCoR jurisdictions attended, 25% of whom were representatives of RII Track-2 and RII Track-4 awards.




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.



  • The FY19 Eligibility Table is now available. In alignment with legislative and study recommendations EPSCoR is planning to re-examine its eligibility methodology to ensure that it is simple, transparent, fair, and stable. We will be engaging with the EPSCoR community and stakeholders through a variety of ways to ensure that all concerns are addressed and get feedback to help develop a more robust eligibility model. To kick off this community engagement on eligibility, EPSCoR hosted an informational webinar and Q&A session on Thursday, March 14. Slides from the webinar can be viewed here. Please send all feedback on NSF EPSCoR Eligibility to nsfepscor@nsf.gov.
  • Check out EPSCoR's Informational Brochure.