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National Science Foundation names Tennessee EPSCoR state

November 4, 2003


As of Nov. 1, 2003, the National Science Foundation has designated Tennessee an EPSCoR state. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research was designed to improve a state's economic development by improving its research infrastructure and national research competitiveness. There are three components to NSF's EPSCoR program:
November 4, 2003


As of Nov. 1, 2003, the National Science Foundation has designated Tennessee an EPSCoR state. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research was designed to improve a state's economic development by improving its research infrastructure and national research competitiveness. There are three components to NSF's EPSCoR program:

1. The Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant (RII) program. A competitive proposal must be submitted by the State EPSCoR Committee. The theme will be chosen after a series of meetings to be held at various locations across the state during February and March 2004, according to Dr. Paula Short, TBR's vice chancellor for academic affairs. All research faculty and staff will be invited.

2. Co-funding. NSF program managers can get help to fund research proposals that might otherwise fall just below the funding line.

3. Outreach. It should be easier to have NSF staff visit institutions in Tennessee.

Tennessee also is eligible for the Department of Defense EPSCoR program (DEPSCoR). Individual proposals must be submitted to the State EPSCoR committee for approval. Details and deadlines will be provided after the State Committee meets in December.

For the latest information and updates, check the Tennessee EPSCoR Web site at http://epscor.tennessee.edu/
—Rebecca Mackey