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The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) programs are federal-state partnerships aimed at increasing research and development activities in states that traditionally have received less funding.  The State of Iowa is now an EPSCoR state, making us eligible to participate in the EPSCoR programs of the following federal agencies:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Department of Energy

This creates an exciting opportunities for scholars at UNI.  If you have questions about Iowa's EPSCoR status or specific EPSCoR programs please contact a grant specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs.


As part of the NSF program, all UNI faculty and staff who apply for funding from the NSF will be eligible for co-funding from EPSCOR for the next three years. This increases the chances that a UNI project will be funded because NSF program officers can access the EPSCOR pool of funds for partial support of worthy applications.  This is an automatic process, you do not have to do anything.  If you have any interest in NSF funding, now is the time to submit your proposal (or re-submit!).  Here is more about co-funding from NSF's "About EPSCoR" web page:

EPSCoR co-invests with NSF Directorates and Offices in the support of meritorious proposals from individual investigators, groups, and centers in EPSCoR jurisdictions that are submitted to the Foundation's research and education programs, and crosscutting initiatives. These proposals have been merit reviewed and recommended for award, but could not be funded without the combined, leveraged support of EPSCoR and the Research and Education Directorates. Co-funding leverages EPSCoR investment and facilitates participation of EPSCoR scientists and engineers in Foundation-wide programs and initiatives.  

For more information about NSF EPSCoR at please visit the informational sites linked below:


Iowa NSF EPSCoR (tbd)


More details about the NASA EPSCoR program and Iowa NASA EPSCoR are coming soon.  In the meantime, please visit:




More details about the DOE EPSCoR program are coming soon.  Please visit the following link for more information: