Marian McCord, senior vice provost for research, economic engagement and outreach, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve on its Committee on the Future of NSF EPSCoR. McCord is one of 19 national experts, selected from more than 70 nominations, to guide NSF EPSCoR’s visioning activity by engaging with external stakeholders to better understand the impacts of NSF EPSCoR’s investment strategies and identify new opportunities for increased success.
“I’m pleased to join talented colleagues from around the nation in this year-long effort to assess how EPSCoR can work to achieve our shared goals in the context of the nation’s changing STEM research landscape,” says McCord.
EPSCoR — the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research — was established by an act of Congress in 1979 to promote scientific progress nationwide. It invests in research infrastructure in science and education, multidisciplinary collaborations and workshops and outreach in states and jurisdictions whose NSF funding is less than .75% of the total NSF budget. McCord is the state director of NH EPSCoR, which works to improve the research and education required for New Hampshire to achieve its economic potential. Since 2004, NSF EPSCoR's $76 million in infrastructure awards to New Hampshire have generated $250 million in new research grants.
NH BioMade, a five-year, $20 million project that will advance the state’s biomaterials industry, is NH EPSCoR’s most recent and largest project. In addition to UNH, Dartmouth College, Keene State College, Great Bay and Manchester community colleges are partners in NH BioMade.