EPSCoR/IDeA expands and improves the research capability of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, technologists, and institutions in states that historically have received less funding than other states have through federal research grants.

EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) was created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1979.

IDeA (Institutional Development Award) is the corollary program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

EPSCoR-type programs also have been developed by other federal agencies:

Agency Program
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) EPSCoR
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) FASE/EPSCoR
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) DEPSCoR*
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) EPSCoR
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPSCoR*

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history, goals, and impact of the EPSCoR/IDeA program


EPSCoR and IDeA in New Hampshire

UNH was instrumental in securing New Hampshire's status as an NSF EPSCoR jurisdiction in 2004, and leads the State in the research, education, outreach, and economic development activities that have followed.


The NSF NH EPSCoR program is based at UNH, and administered by the UNH Senior Vice Provost for Research and a Statewide Committee composed of representatives from industry, academia and government.


Dartmouth College and UNH are the lead institutions for the New Hampshire Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (NH-INBRE), an NIH-sponsored IDeA collaborative network of 2-year and 4-year colleges in the state of New Hampshire.



The New Hampshire NASA EPSCoR program is coordinated through the NH Space Grant Consortium of which UNH is a founding affiliate and administrator.  The NH Space Grant director is the NH NASA EPSCoR director. The UNH Senior Vice Provost for Research and a UNH Space Grant Affiliate representative are members of the NH NASA EPSCoR Technical Advisory Committee.

New Hampshire NASA EPSCoR


UNH has received funding from many of the agencies’ EPSCoR/IDeA programs in the form of support for individual research projects, research and cyber infrastructure improvements, and through collaborations with other institutions and community partners across the state and northern New England.

The types of funding awarded by the various programs are shown below.


        Types of Support/Award Mechanisms

  • State/National Laboratory Partnerships
  • Research Implementation Awards Research
  • Infrastructure Development Awards
  • Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)
  • IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
  • Research Infrastructure Improvement Awards
  • Co-Funding, Workshops, and Outreach
  • Seed Grants
  • Sabbatical Grants
  • Equipment Grants
  • Strengthening Standard Research Project Awards

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