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Our Programs

The following programs are specifically funded by the Recovery Act.


The Science Master's Program prepares graduate students for careers in business, industry, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies by providing them not only with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but also with research experiences, internship experiences, and the skills to succeed in those careers. The program is intended to catalyze the creation of institution-based efforts that can be sustained without additional federal funding. This program is also intended to encourage diversity in student participation so as to contribute to a broadly inclusive, well-trained science and engineering workforce. More

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus Cyber Connectivity (RII C2)

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Twenty-seven states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands are currently eligible to participate. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state's or region's research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will enable NSF to invest $20 million in the Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus Cyber Connectivity (RII C2). Awards made under this program will provide up to $1 million for up to 2 years to support the enhancement of inter-campus and intra-campus cyber connectivity within an EPSCoR jurisdiction. These awards are intended to enhance broadband access for academic research and the utilization of cyberinfrastructure consistent with the jurisdiction's Science and Technology (S&T) plan. The inter-campus and intra-campus connectivity targeted by these awards is expected to broaden individual and institutional participation in STEM research and education activities within and among jurisdictions and to facilitate synergy among NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement activities. More


Webcast on ARI and MRI Solicitations

The ARI-R² & MRI-R² programs held a video webcast on May 28, 2009, summarizing the programs and answering questions submitted by email before and during the webcast. A video of the webcast and slides can be viewed through August 2009 at:

In response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) has posted an Academic Research Infrastructure - Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2) solicitation to support 21st century research and research training infrastructure in our Nation's academic institutions and other, non-profit research organizations such as museums, research laboratories, and research consortia.. Additional information about the ARI- R2 solicitation is available on the OIA ARI Homepage.


In response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) posted a special Major Research Instrumentation "Recovery and Reinvestment" (MRI-R2) solicitation to strengthen the Nation's research infrastructure by supporting the acquisition and development of instrumentation for research and research training. Additional information about the MRI-R2 solicitation is available on the OIA MRI Homepage.


CISE invites researchers and educators to learn more about the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP), jointly funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (at the Department of Commerce) and the Department of Agriculture as a result of appropriations in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More