About Iowa EPSCoR


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The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a federal program designed to improve the research capacity of eligible states or regions, making them nationally competitive for future grants. Learn more about EPSCoR states.

Currently, Iowa is no longer eligible to compete for NSF EPSCoR RII Track 2 funds because the state has surpassed the NSF funding level for EPSCoR eligibility.  Iowa is still an EPSCoR state and this does not affect the current Iowa EPSCoR award; however Iowa cannot compete for future projects unless the state's EPSCoR eligibility status changes again.

Iowa is eligible for EPSCoR funding opportunities at several federal funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Energy (DOE). 


Iowa’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is aimed at building research capacity and increasing competitiveness for the State of Iowa through investments in infrastructure and human capital.

EPSCoR provides support for key research areas at Iowa’s Regents Institutions, while establishing partnerships with the state’s community colleges, private colleges, school districts, government agencies and industries. The ultimate goal is to stimulate lasting research infrastructure improvements for the State of Iowa.

Contact Iowa EPSCoR

Iowa currently has two EPSCoR programs:

Iowa NSF EPSCoR: Harnessing Renewable Energy

The State of Iowa was awarded a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build Iowa's research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

See a sampling of images from Iowa NSF EPSCoR on our flickr photo account:

Iowa NASA EPSCoR: Aerospace Research

The goal of the federal NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.