FAQ for Policy Makers

[PHOTO]Legislators in the Lab
Legislators learn about biofuels during the 2012 Legislators in the Lab event

Does the EPSCoR designation create new opportunities for funding?

Yes. The designation of the State of Iowa as an EPSCoR jurisdiction creates new opportunities for extramural funding. Iowa is eligible for EPSCoR programs at several federal funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

What EPSCoR programs are active in Iowa?

Iowa NSF EPSCoR: This five-year, $20 million grant ran from 2012-2016 and built Iowa’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The program wascomposed of four major platforms: bioenergy, wind energy, energy utilization, and energy policy.
Learn more about these two projects and other EPSCoR-funded research on the Research page.

Why is EPSCoR important for the State of Iowa?

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