National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII):
2014-2019 NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Cooperative Agreement


Innovative and Strategic Program Initiatives for Research and Education-North Dakota (INSPIRE-ND),
ND EPSCoR’s most recent NSF cooperative agreement, is a $20M five-year cooperative agreement
that carries a 20% state match. [1]

By building on strategic NSF and ND investments made since the 1985 inception of the program,
INSPIRE-ND is: 1) developing two new research platforms, 2) building infrastructure, and
3) integrating research, education and human resources, with workforce development initiatives
to strengthen the state’s overall research competitiveness across 11 institutions of higher education.

Since 1985, ND EPSCoR has received over $60.5M in NSF EPSCoR Track-1 awards. With the support of
NSF and the state, ND EPSCoR has helped the state’s research universities (North Dakota State
University and the University of North Dakota) make significant strides in building their research
infrastructure. Integrated across the INSPIRE-ND project vision is a commitment to actively engage
the state’s four primarily undergraduate institutions (Dickinson State University, Mayville State University,
Minot State University and Valley City State University) and the five tribal colleges located in North Dakota
(Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle
Mountain Community College and United Tribes Technical College) in research, outreach, education and
diversity activities.

Yet, there are continued barriers in striving to increase ND’s research competitiveness in this manner;
including: geography and demographics, insufficient human, fiscal and physical infrastructure resources,
and institutional structural weaknesses. INSPIRE-ND takes a major step forward in integrating
research with complementary components that will help make a seamless path between research
discoveries and broader impacts. Both of the new research platforms, regional climate studies and
sustainable materials science, directly impact agriculture (North Dakota’s strongest industrial
sector) and are focused on North Dakota’s agro-economy and environmental stewardship
throughout the state.

In additional to the two major research foci: 1) Center for Regional Climate Studies (CRCS) and
2) Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS), INSPIRE-ND has three broader impact foci:
1) Diversity; 2) Education and Workforce Development; and 3) Partnerships, Collaborations and
Communication; each designed to address one or more of the barriers outlined above. Additionally,
Cyberinfrastructure (in the form of high performance computing) is embedded throughout INSPIRE-ND’s
five strategic foci.
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[1] Unlike a grant (standard, continuing, cost reimbursement or fixed amount award), a cooperative
agreement is “a type of assistance award which may be used when the project being supported requires
substantial agency involvement during the project performance period.”
As a result (and as evidenced by
the documents listed below), throughout the duration of the agreement, in an effort to assure continued
suitability or acceptability of certain aspects of this supported activity, NSF will remain substantially
involved in the technical, managerial, and coordination activities of ND EPSCoR’s INSPIRE-ND project

ND EPSCoR CENTERS and PROGRAM WEBSITES



RII Track-1 Research Centers


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          CRCS website

 

 


Logo image for the Center for Sustainable Materials Science


          CSMS website

 

 

RESEARCH IMPACTS


Year 4 (August 2017 - July 2018)

 

Year 3 (August 2016 - July 2017)


Year 2 (August 2015 - July 2016)

 
Year 1 (August 2014 - July 2015)

TRACK-1 RESEARCH DOCUMENTS


STATE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY IN ND:

 

 

TRACK-1 STRATEGIC PLAN:

 

RESEARCHER RESOURCES:

  • Research related lesson plans and experiments
  • Photo release form
  • Acknowledging support
  • Logos
  • Research resources at NDSU and UND
  • ResearchGate
  • Counting Citations

 
TRACK-1 REPORT BOOKLET