EPSCoR and IDeA

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.

NSF NH EPSCoR

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.

NH IDEA/NH-INBRE

 

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 is eligible to apply for Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants  through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program (AFRI).

Fifteen percent of AFRI funding is set aside for Strengthening Grants and Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants.

 

Revived in 2018, the DEPSCoR program is structured into three general thrusts:

  • Increase funding to programs in the Services
  • Solicit applications for a stand-alone competition
  • Host outreach meetings to educate researchers about the DoD research enterprise
    • Northeast Regional Meeting was held September, 26, 2019 at the University of Rhode Island
    • Southern Region Meeting is planned for February 20, 2020 at Louisiana State University

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.

Agency/Program

        Types of Support/Award Mechanisms

DEPSCoR
  • Collaborative Competition
  • Extra funding for Young Investigator Programs (YIPs)
DOE EPSCoR
  • State/National Laboratory Partnerships
NASA EPSCoR
  • Research Implementation Awards Research
  • Infrastructure Development Awards
NIH IDeA
  • Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)
  • IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
NSF EPSCoR
  • Research Infrastructure Improvement Awards
  • Co-Funding, Workshops, and Outreach
USDA FASE/EPSCoR
  • New Investigator Grants
  • Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants
  • Strengthening Grants
    • Sabbatical Grants
    • Equipment Grants
    • Seed Grants
    • Strengthening Standard Grants
    • Strengthening CAP (Coordinated Agricultural Project) Grants
    • Strengthening Conference Grants

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