The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development funding. Twenty-five states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands currently participate. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a region/jurisdiction's research infrastructure, research and development capacity and hence, its national competitiveness. Research infrastructure improvement (RII) Grants are 36 or 48 month awards of up to a total of $9 million to support infrastructure improvements in
research areas selected by the jurisdiction's EPSCoR governing committee as having the best potential to improve future research and development competitiveness.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Education and Human Resources
NSF Publication 05-589
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