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


A Webinar on the RII Track-4 Mechanism was held on February 27th. A transcript of the webinar is also available.

The FY 2021 EPSCoR Eligibility Table is now available. Please note: this table applies to all EPSCoR competitions taking place in the next fiscal year, October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

EPSCoR has re-examined its eligibility methodology and is implementing changes to ensure that it is simple, transparent, fair, and stable. These changes incorporate stakeholder feedback and are supported by robust data analyses. The new eligibility table utilizing the improved methodology will be published in January 2020 and will apply to the FY 2021 EPSCoR competitions. The FY 2020 Eligibility Table will be the same as FY 2019. Please feel free to read and distribute this informational handout about the redefined NSF EPSCoR eligibility methodology. Additionally, slides from the informational webinar are also available.

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 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.