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

NSF EPSCoR recently 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.


A new NSF collaboration between OAC, EPSCoR, and OIA provides funding through a CC* Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to address the disparities in campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure that exacerbated the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in some areas of the country. The deadline for submission is October 11, 2021. As an additional resource please refer to The Quilt, a national coalition of non-profit U.S. regional research and education networks committed to innovation and advancement of purpose-built networks that empower public service missions.

View the webinar on the CC* DCL.

View the webinar on the Quilt CC* program.


The FY 2022 EPSCoR Eligibility Table is now available. Please note: this table applies to all EPSCoR competitions taking place in the next fiscal year, October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022. The current eligibility table applies to ongoing competitions in FY 2021.




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.