FAQ for the General Public

[PHOTO]Iowa RoadWhat is EPSCoR?

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. Twenty-seven states, including Iowa, are currently eligible to participate in the federal EPSCoR programs. Learn more about Iowa EPSCoR.

Who was involved?

Iowa NSF EPSCoR provided 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. Contact us.

How was it funded?

Iowa EPSCoR was supported by funding from federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation and NASA. To learn more about research programs and their funding streams, visit the Research page.

The federal funding wasleveraged by state investments in new and renovated research facilities at the Regents Institutions, and workforce development initiatives to spur job creation through the Green Jobs Taskforce. The Iowa Power Fund, a state program supporting energy innovation and independence, also contributed $2 million to pay for research equipment to the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project.

Why was it important for the State of Iowa?

The goal of Iowa EPSCoR was to build research capacity and increase national competitiveness in the State of Iowa. These investments in infrastructure and human capital contributed to the state’s economic viability and expanded Iowa’s base for research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

How does it enable state-wide infrastructure and competitiveness?

This program linked Board of Regents Institutions with 4 year colleges, community colleges, K-12, industry and state government to achieve their goals of enhancing research competitiveness, creating a diverse STEM workforce, and stimulating economic development.

To achieve these goals, the Iowa EPSCoR programs:

  • Catalyzed key research themes that empower knowledge generation, dissemination, and application;
  • Activatedjurisdictional and regional collaborations that advance scientific research, promote innovation, and benefit society;
  • Broadened participation in science and engineering (S&E) by institutions, organizations, and people within EPSCoR jurisdictions;
  • Developed, implemented, and evaluated future programmatic experiments that motivate positive change and progression and align with State of Iowa’s Science and Technology Vision;
  • Developed the diverse, well-prepared, internationally competent and globally engaged STEM workforce necessary to sustain the nation’s competitive edge;
  • Encouraged innovation and knowledge transfer and stimulates economic development.

What was the Community Campaign?

It was a quasi-experimental study including two intervention communities and one control community designed to reduce residential energy use in the campaign communities. Learn more about the Community Campaign.

What are the other EPSCoR jurisdictions and how did we connect with them?

Twenty-seven states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are currently eligible to compete in the NSF EPSCoR program opportunities. The states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

See the NSF EPSCoR Website to learn more about EPSCoR states.