OIA's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Section

NSF EPSCoR is hosting its annual PI meeting Monday, May 17 - Friday, May 21, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily (EDT). All stakeholders are welcome to attend. Please Click here to Register for the 2021 NSF EPSCoR PI Meeting. To learn more, visit the Meeting Website.


During 2021, NSF EPSCoR is conducting an extended visioning activity with its community nationwide, called The Future of NSF EPSCOR. There will be multiple opportunities for stakeholder input about the program’s impact and potential future strategies. Details can be found at the Future of NSF EPSCoR website. The site includes a contact form for those wishing to stay informed about planned activities.

A Committee on the Future of NSF EPSCoR will guide this visioning process.  Individuals interested in nominating potential members of the Committee on the Future of NSF EPSCoR are invited to submit the nominee’s contact information via email to nsfepscor@nsf.gov, along with a brief statement of nomination. Interested individuals are welcome to self-nominate by the same process. Nominations are especially encouraged for individuals associated with groups or institution types that remain underrepresented in STEM. Submissions must be received by NSF EPSCoR no later than June 7, 2021 to receive full consideration.


There is a new RII Track-2 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL). The DCL gives Track-2 awardees the opportunity to create connections with Minority serving Intuitions (MSIs) to help accomplish RII Track-2 project goals. This may be done through two major mechanisms:
  1a) Awardees may recruit postdoctoral researchers from a Minority Serving Institution to anywhere within their RII Track-2 project
  1b) Awardees may send a recent Ph.D. graduate researcher from their network to conduct a Postdoc at an already established or new MSI partner
   2) Awardees may bring in a new MSI partner into their RII Track-2 project

Please contact JD Swanson for more information.


The FY 2022 EPSCoR Eligibility Table is now available. Please note: this table applies to all EPSCoR competitions taking place in the next fiscal year, October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022. The current eligibility table applies to ongoing competitions in FY 2021.




EPSCoR enhances research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions (states, territories, commonwealth) by strengthening STEM capacity and capability.


EPSCoR envisions its jurisdictions as recognized contributors to the national and global STEM research enterprise.


  • Catalyze research capability across and among jurisdictions;
  • Establish STEM professional development pathways;
  • Broaden participation of diverse groups/institutions in STEM;
  • Effect engagement in STEM at national and global levels; and
  • Impact jurisdictional economic development.