NSF Programs

With an annual budget of $8.5 billion (FY 2021), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is the funding source for approximately 25 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

The NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has three tracks:

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU program. Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)

The NSF MRI program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training. An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument.

NSF I-Corps Program

Several EPSCoR researchers have participated in the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to evaluate the commercial potential of their innovation and have gone on to start businesses to pursue development. A recent example is USD biomedical engineering professors Etienne Gnimpieba and Carol Lushbough, who were awarded a NSF I-Corps Teams Program grant to help transition technology to the marketplace.