Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ND EPSCoR State Office?
ND EPSCoR is the North Dakota (ND) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).  The SO reports to the NDUS Chancellor and is located at, and administered by, NDSU via a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the NDUS and NDSU. Thus, NDSU is also the prime campus for competitive external proposals written and awards administered by the SO.

What is the purpose of the ND EPSCoR State Office?
Reporting to the NDUS Chancellor, the State Office develops, implements, funds, and manages several statewide programs and activities and administers several federal awards in support of its mission to broaden and diversify ND's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce pathways, support and grow statewide STEM research capacity and competitiveness, and inform and communicate science to ND stakeholders

What are the programs and activities of the ND EPSCoR State Office?
The State Office programs and activities include external partnerships; K-21+ STEM initiatives (K-12 programming, K-12 Lesson Plan development, K-12 STEM activity video series for STEM projects at home, and Undergraduate and graduate student research, training, programming, and professional development); Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Students in Technology Transfer And Research [STTAR] student internships with ND-based companies); Broadening Participation (Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education [NATURE] programming); Communicating Science to the Public (Website, Social media, Monthly newsletter, Communication workshops, and ND EPSCoR Annual State Conference); support of EPSCoR-like programs (NSF EPSCoR Track-2 proposals, NSF CAREER proposals, and other EPSCoR-like programs); proposal development support, participating institution STEM seed funding, and NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 match.

What institutions of higher education currently participate in the programs and activities of the ND EPSCoR State Office?
There are 12 participating institutions:

  • 2 Research universities (RUs):
    • North Dakota State University (NDSU)
    • University of North Dakota (UND)
  • 1 Master’s College or University (MCU)
    • Minot State University (MiSU)
  • 3 Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)
    • Dickinson State University (DSU)
    • Mayville State University (MaSU)
    • Valley City State University (VCSU)
  • 5 Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs)
    • Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC)
    • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC)
    • Sitting Bull College (SBC)
    • Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC)
    • United Tribes Technical College (UTTC)

What other activities does the ND EPSCoR State Office perform?
In addition to the programs and activities listed above, the State Office provides administrative services related to financial, administrative, and logistical services (to the ND EPSCoR State Steering Committee and oversite of financial obligations covered by the State Office on behalf of all participating institutions, financial oversight, administrative support, trainings and guidance to all 11 State Office participating campuses, office and program logistics, and campus outreach to State Office participating campuses); leveraged support for NDSU and NASA EPSCoR investments at NDSU; and administration of externally funded awards (NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 cooperative agreement, NSF Collaborative research grant, and collaborative proposal development).

Acronyms

Acronym

Meaning

AI/AN

American Indian/Alaska Native

CCCC

Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten

CIRCLES

Cultivating Indigenous Research Communities for Leadership in Education and STEM

CRCS

Center for Regional Climate Studies

CSMS

Center of Sustainable Material Science

DPI

Department of Public Instruction

DSU

Dickinson State University, Dickinson

EPSCoR

Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

ERcore

EPSCoR Reporting Core (Track-1) Database

FY

Fiscal Year

GTS

Gateway to Science, Bismarck

INCLUDES

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

INSPIRE-ND

Innovative and Strategic Program Initiatives for Research and Education-North Dakota

MaSU

Mayville State University, Mayville

MCU

Master’s College/University. There is 1 participating MCU: MiSU

MiSU

Minot State University, Minot

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

ND-ACES

New Discoveries in the Advanced Interface of Computation, Engineering, and Science

ND EPSCoR

North Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

NDSU

North Dakota State University, Fargo

NDUS

North Dakota University System, Bismarck

NHSC

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, New Town

NSF

National Science Foundation

PROSPER

PROmoting Sustainable Partnerships in Education and Research

PUI

Primarily Undergraduate Institution. There are 3 participating PUIs: DSU, MaSU, VCSU

RCR

Responsible Conduct of Research

RFP

Request for Proposal

RII

Research Infrastructure Improvement

RU

Research University. There are 2 participating RUs: NDSU and UND

SBC

Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates

SBHE

State Board of Higher Education

SEM

Scanning Electron Microscope

SO

State Office of ND EPSCoR

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

STTAR

Students in Technology Transfer And Research

TCU

Tribal College/University. There are 5 participating TCUs: CCCC, NHSC, SBC, TMCC, and UTTC

TMCC

Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt

UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

UND

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

UTTC

United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck

VCSU

Valley City State University, Valley City

VPRCA

Vice President for Research and Creative Activity