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.

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South Dakota’s citizens, schools, businesses, educational institutions, governmental entities, and other stakeholders recognize that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research, an educated and skilled workforce, and an entrepreneurial business environment underpin competitiveness in the global economy.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation/EPSCoR Grant Number IIA-1355423 and by the State of South Dakota. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.