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


EPSCoR held its 2020 EPSCoR Annual PI Meeting virtually during the week of May 18-22. The EPSCoR community and NSF program officers shared best practices in research, strategic planning, diversity, communication, evaluation, and other areas of importance to EPSCoR jurisdictions and NSF. In addition to presentations and breakout sessions, there was a poster session that showcased jurisdictional gains in the areas of academic research competitiveness. The agenda also included open houses for PIs to meet with Program Officers from all NSF Directorates to discuss program-specific funding opportunities. There were 351 non-NSF participants, almost three times the usual attendance for the annual meeting! Please view the meeting materials section of the meeting website to view videos and presentations. Each session link has a drop-down menu that allows you to access the recorded presentations and slides.

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.





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.