National Aeronautics & Space Administration

National Aeronautics & Space Administration


The National Space and Aeronautics Administration's (NASA) Established (formerly Experimental) Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was authorized in 1993 to help develop academic research infrastructure in eligible jurisdictions that historically have not participated fully in competitive research activities at NASA.  NASA EPSCoR is helping states develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally competitive capabilities. With partners from academe, industry, and state and local governments, NASA's capacity building programs reach wide segments of the population.  NASA EPSCoR interfaces with all four of the NASA Mission Directorates: Aeronautics, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations.

The following are the specific objectives of the NASA EPSCoR program: 

  • Contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure in NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission
  • Improve the capabilities of the NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program
  • Develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry.
  • Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction

Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the NASA Space Grant program, which seeks to improve the environment for science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education in the jurisdiction. 


1.) EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development Awards (RID)

  • Provides up to $125,000 a year for three years, with the possibility of a one year extension
  • 100% cost-sharing requirement
  • Solicitation to be released every three to five years (subject to funding availability)
  • Enables jurisdictions to build and strengthen relationships with NASA researchers

2.) Research Awards

  • Provides up to $750,000 over three years
  • 50% cost-sharing requirement
  • The EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for Research Awards is released annually 
  • Involves topic-specific proposals targeted at high-priority NASA research and technology development needs as determined by Mission Directorates

3.) EPSCoR International Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity Awards

  • Provides up to $100,000 for three years
  • Solicitation released annually (subject to funding availability)

Enacted Budgets

Fiscal Year Enacted Budget
FY2017 $18.0M
Cognizant Office
Office of Education
Program Officer

Jeppie R. Compton

Agency Project Manager, NASA EPSCoR

KSC Headquarters Building, Mail Code PX-E
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
Agency Website
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