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About South Dakota EPSCoR

The National Science Foundation created the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in 1979 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.

This status quo ignored the dramatic growth in regional educational and research institutions. In every state, talented young people aspired to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but the nation wasn’t profiting fully from the wealth of ingenuity and skill embedded across the country. EPSCoR provided a solution and is now a federal-wide initiative spanning five agencies including NASA, DOE, DoD, NIH and NSF.

South Dakota’s current $20 million NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement Program is a multidisciplinary project focused on biofilm research, development of diverse STEM workforce, K-12 STEM education and technology-based economic development.

Current Goals of South Dakota EPSCoR include:

  • Increase South Dakota’s science and technology research capacity
  • Provide educational opportunities for K-12, undergraduate and graduate students
  • Promote science-based economic development for South Dakota

SD EPSCoR is supported by the National Science Foundation/EPSCoR Award OIA-1849206 and by the South Dakota Board of Regents.


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