Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) October 4, 2011 North Dakota & South Dakota EPSCoR Joint Conference 2011 1.
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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) October 4, 2011 North Dakota & South Dakota EPSCoR Joint Conference 2011 1
What is EPSCoR? State-based capacity-building program - Governance includes State committee - Alignment with State S&T plan - Research driven: Science First! - State co-investment – 20% Cost Sharing - Economic development Multidisciplinary Multi-institutional Close interaction between NSF and the EPSCoR community Multi-faceted State-wide program!
EPSCoR in Context Established by NSB Resolution in 1978 Target: States receiving lesser amount of NSF research support funding Purpose: To build sustainable capacity of educational institutions in those states to compete more successfully in NSF and other research programs
EPSCoR Investment Strategies Research Infrastructure Improvement Awards (RII) Support physical, human, and cyber infrastructure within academic institutions at the state level Co-Funding with NSF Directorates and Offices Supports individual investigators and groups from EPSCoR jurisdictions by co-investment with disciplinary research programs in their meritorious proposals Outreach Activities and Workshops Brings EPSCoR jurisdiction investigators together with NSF program staff; builds mutual awareness and transparency
EPSCoR Strategic Objectives Catalyze key research themes Activate effective jurisdictional and regional collaborations Broaden participation Use EPSCoR for development, implementation, and evaluation of programmatic experiments Strengthen Jurisdictions Capacity for Competitiveness
EPSCoR Today Attendant to EPSCoR move to OD has been heightened visibility and the need for Sharper research focus Stronger integration across Foundation Increase EPSCoR competitiveness through Increased co-funding EPSCoR participation in NSF initiatives Alignment of RII-supported S&E with discovery frontiers in Directorates/Offices
A More Effective EPSCoR EPSCoR Science & Engineering Group Strategic input from Directorates and Offices to shape the Foundation’s vision for EPSCoR and to help implement that vision Strong disciplinary expertise and guidance Raise level/broaden scope of interactions Ensure excellence and breadth of impact of EPSCoR science and engineering activities
Other Opportunities at NSF Programs for Specific Groups/Purpose – ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers – Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) – Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) – Integrative Graduate Education & Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) – Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) – Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) – Research Coordination Networks (RCN) – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) – Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN)
NSF’s website: source for information www.nsf.gov
Contact NSF program officers for advice and links for programs of interest Ask Early, Ask Often!
Research Competitiveness in the New Funding Era Good advice for beginning investigators available on NSF’s website Search for “writing a successful proposal” – E.g.: http://www.nsf.gov/eng/cmmi/confe rences/2008/rpdpresentation.pdf http://www.nsf.gov/eng/cmmi/confe rences/2008/rpdpresentation.pdf – Presentation by George Hazelrigg – From “The Larger Context” to “Finding a Home [at NSF]” to “Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts Statements” to “Getting Involved”
Research Competitiveness in the New Funding Era What lies ahead? Follow the action on NSF’s website The saying we hear: “Flat is the new doubling” We await our FY12 budget