Kentucky Statewide Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
The National Science Foundation initiated the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in 1979 as a unique infrastructure-building effort to encourage local action to develop long-term improvements in a state’s science and engineering enterprise. This program was initiatived in response to Congressional concerns about geographical concentration of federally funded academic research and development.
The Kentucky Statewide EPSCoR Program’s mission is to enhance the research and intellectual capacity of Kentucky universities and colleges by building and coordinating strategic investments in human capital and physical infrastructures necessary to excel in federal research and development funding competitiveness. Kentucky EPSCoR aspires to stimulate and enhance competitive research and affect sustainable, systemic improvement in the capacities of the state’s postsecondary institutions to compete successfully for national research and development funds. Kentucky EPSCoR also encourages collaborative efforts in education and human research development to ensure growth and support of science, engineering, and mathematics research and training in Kentucky.