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
Science and Technology Plan
This plan helps strategically guide the direction/topics of EPSCoR projects. Click here to download the Science and Technology Plan
Nevada EPSCoR Advisory Committee
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.
Nevada EPSCoR Advisory Committee
Nevada National Science Foundation EPSCoR
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.
Nevada NASA EPSCoR
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.