The mission of Nebraska's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and Institutional Development Award (IDeA) is to build the state's research capacity and competitiveness, invest in workforce development, and foster public-private partnerships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM fields), as well as biomedical research.
We harness talent at the state's universities and colleges to compete for merit-based federal funding that supports research infrastructure and capacity building projects. We contribute to the state's workforce development through educational and research opportunities for K-16 students, graduate students and junior faculty, and spur economic development through partnerships with private industry.
EPSCoR, a National Science Foundation program, was created by Congress in 1979 to strengthen STEM research and education infrastructure in states that receive a disproportionately low amount of federal research dollars. IDeA is a similar program established by the National Institutes of Health in 1991 for biomedical fields.
Nebraska received its first EPSCoR grant in 1993. Since that time, Nebraska has received more than $251 million from federal EPSCOR/IDeA programs.
IDeA - Institutional Development Award Program | EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
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