Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

EPSCoR Archives


A Webinar on the RII Track-4 Mechanism was held on February 27th, 2020. A transcript of the webinar is also available.

The RII Track-1 webinar slides for the FY20 competition are now available.


Meetings and Conferences

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 26th NSF EPSCoR National Conference, was held in Columbia, SC, from October 27-30, 2019. The theme of the conference was Science and partnerships across disciplinary boundaries and ~400 faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars from all EPSCoR RII Tracks as well as interested stakeholders attended.

EPSCoR held a regional outreach meeting, "All About Research Center Programs," in Mobile, AL in April, 2019. The event provided extensive information about the various NSF Center programs and was intended to help pave the way for EPSCoR researchers to take the next steps in leveraging their current funding and research to create a culture of sustainability and move onto the next big project. EPSCoR is currently looking to host more of these types of regional outreach meetings and is soliciting community feedback on the next topic and location. Please send suggestions to

EPSCoR 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.

NSF EPSCoR Project Directors/Project Administrators Meeting (May 21-22, 2018).

EPSCoR hosted a half-day session with the EPSCoR Interagency Coordinating Committee at the 7th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence in Washington, D.C. in 2018. This event helped to capitalize on federal agency investments in EPSCoR and EPSCoR-like programs and provided opportunities for interactions and possible new collaborations between grantees. View the EICC half-day agenda at the biennial NISBRE meeting



EPSCoR re-examined its eligibility methodology in 2019 and implemented 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 applies to the FY 2021 EPSCoR competitions. 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.