The Nevada System Sponsored Program is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Our Mission is to promote collaboration and multidisciplinary learning among NSHE institutions, and to enable alignment of our efforts with the needs of the state to increase research competitiveness. Our goal is to create new opportunities in the State of Nevada for workforce development and promote the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines for the state.
What is EPSCoR?
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research,(EPSCoR) was created to fund national areas that have historically receive less financial support through research and development (R&D) funding. The goal of EPSCoR is to create strategic partnerships between federal and state agencies, higher education institutions, and private industries to create long-term improvements in scientific research, infrastructures, R&D capacity and national competitiveness.
EPSCoR goals are:
- To provide strategic programs and opportunities for EPSCoR participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness
- To advance science and engineering capabilities in EPSCoR jurisdictions for discovery, innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity
Notable accomplishments from the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation’s member states demonstrating the positive impact of the program and its importance to research and development nationwide.
This Nevada Science and Technology Plan provides details about the directions, capability, and vision of the educational, research, and economic development efforts of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and its community partners to frame future decisions about directions for Nevada and for public higher education.
MISSION STATEMENT: The Research Affairs Council (RAC) will promote, support and stimulate statewide research efforts in order to maximize and leverage research productivity across the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).
MEMBERSHIP: The Council is chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and composed of the Vice Presidents for Research (VPRs) at each of the NSHE research institutions – the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).
GOALS/OBJECTIVES: The Research Affairs Council will strive to:
- Collaboratively establish priorities, goals, and objectives for promoting statewide research efforts, including, but not limited to EPSCoR programs;
- Review and update the NSHE Science and Technology Plan at least every five years;
- Prepare reports to inform NSHE, including the Board of Regents on research activities, projects, outcomes, accomplishments and future directions/plans;
- Proactively explore procedures, and mechanisms that will facilitate building collaborative research efforts between the NSHE research institutions of DRI, UNLV, and UNR;
- Proactively explore procedures and mechanisms that will facilitate building collaborative research efforts between the NSHE research institutions of DRI, UNLV, UNR and regional, national, and international institutions/agencies;
- Implement procedures and mechanisms to enhance the research competiveness and reputation of the NSHE research institutions of the DRI, UNLV, and UNR; and
- Align the research expertise of NSHE research institutions with the economic development interests of the state and explore ways to leverage these research strengths.
Current Vice Presidents for Research:
Dr. Mridul Gautam – University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Alan Gertler – Desert Research Institute
Dr. Tom Piechota – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Nevada EPSCoR Advisory Committee is an independent body responsible for providing guidance to Nevada’s EPSCoR programs by identifying potential research and development (R&D) improvement strategies and activities that are consistent with Nevada’s Science and Technology Plan and most likely to advance the further development of a nationally competitive academic R&D capability.
The mission of EPSCoR is to assist the National Science Foundation in its statutory function “to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.” EPSCoR goals are to 1) provide strategic programs and opportunities for EPSCoR participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness and 2) to advance science and engineering capabilities in EPSCoR jurisdictions for discovery, innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity.
Nevada became an EPSCoR state in 1985 and since then has received seven NSF EPSCoR Track-1 awards, two Track-2 awards, and 1 Track-3 awards, totaling $72M*. These awards have been leveraged to receive approximately $118M in follow on funding.
The NASA EPSCoR program strengthens the research capabilities of jurisdictions that have not had a competitive advantage to participate in aerospace and aerospace-related research activities. EPSCoR provides eligible jurisdictions with funding opportunities to develop a more active research base by involving their academic and research institutions. Nevada began working with a NASA EPSCoR planning grant in 1999. Through this grant, Nevada has the opportunity to establish research and development competitiveness and strengthen its economy through the expansion of aerospace technology.