Welcome to SD EPSCoR
The National Science Foundation established EPSCoR in 1980 because Congress recognized the uneven distribution of federal research and development grants. After World War II, federally funded academic research grew dramatically, but national science policy at the time tended to funnel resources to a small number of centers of excellence. Grants gravitated toward the few states and institutions that had historically benefited. This status quo ignored the dramatic growth in regional educational and research institutions. The nation wasn’t profiting fully from the wealth of ingenuity and skill embedded across the country.