The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in Oklahoma's research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness.
The goal of EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable researchers in Oklahoma to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.
NASA EPSCoR objectives are to:
- Contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission.
- Improve the capabilities of Oklahoma researchers to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program.
- Develop partnerships between NASA research assets, industry, and universities within Oklahoma.
- Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of Oklahoma.
The three main components of EPSCoR are:
- EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development awards, or RID. This component enables Oklahoma to build and strengthen relationships with NASA researchers. NASA intends to announce the RID opportunity every three to five years, pending funding availability. It is the RID opportunity that provides the Travel Grants and RIG grants.
- EPSCoR Research Awards solicits topic-specific proposals addressing high-priority NASA research and technology development needs. Awards are up to $750,000 for a three-year performance period. NASA intends to announce the EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice, or CAN, for Research Awards yearly, pending funding availability.
- EPSCoR International Space Station, or ISS, Flight Opportunity Awards. Awards are up to $100,000 for a three-year performance period. NASA intends to announce the EPSCoR CAN for ISS Flight Opportunity Awards yearly, pending funding availability.