National Science Foundation (NSF)
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 Awards:

2014-2019 NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Cooperative Agreement


What is the 'Track-1"

  • Innovative and Strategic Program Initiatives for Research and Education-North Dakota (INSPIRE-ND),
    ND EPSCoR’s most recent NSF cooperative agreement, is a five-year cooperative agreement that carries
    an 80/20% federal/state match.
    [1]

 
Track-1 Impact

  • Building on strategic NSF and ND investments made since ND EPSCoR began, INSPIRE-ND is:

    • developing two new research platforms through the Center for Regional Climate Change (CRCS)
      and the Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS)
    • fostering critical research infrastructure, and
    • integrating research, education and human resources with workforce development initiatives to
      strengthen the state’s overall research competitiveness across 11 institutions of higher education.

  • ND EPSCoR participating institutions:
    Research universities North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota, are collaborating
    with primarily undergraduate institutions (Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, and Valley
    City State University), master’s college/university Minot State University, and five tribal colleges (Cankdeska
    Cikana Community College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community
    College and United Tribes Technical College).
     
    The collective impact has been active involvement in research, outreach, education and diversity activities
    throughout the state.

[1] Unlike a grant, 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,
shown by the documents below, NSF has been substantially involved in the technical, managerial, and
coordination activities of ND EPSCoR’s INSPIRE-ND project.


Track-1 Centers Information

Logo image for the Center for Regional Climate Studies

Logo image for the Center for Sustainable Materials Science



         

      

 

   https://und-crcs.org/                                          https://csms-ndsu.org/


Participants

  • Center for Regional Climate Studies (CRCS)

    • CRCS faculty
    • CRCS students
    • Additional support from:

      • Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC, located at Belcourt, ND)
        Campus EPSCoR PI: Dr. Terri Martin-Parisien, Academic Dean
      • United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, located in Bismarck, ND)
        Campus EPSCoR PI: Dr. Jeremy Guinn, Tribal Environmental Science (TES) Chair/Instructor


North Dakota State University undergraduate student Graham Stoltenow in a lab (graduated 2017)
North Dakota State University undergraduate student Graham Stoltenow in a lab (graduated 2017)
Dickinson State University Research Experience for Undergraduates student Karissa Bohn (right) in the field (Dr. Steffan's group)
Dickinson State University Research Experience for Undergraduates student Karissa Bohn (right) in the field (Dr. Steffan's group)
UND graduate student Brittany Carson with UND Atmospheric Sciences Professor, and CRCS researcher, Dr. Jianglong Zhang
UND graduate student Brittany Carson with UND Atmospheric Sciences Professor, and CRCS researcher, Dr. Jianglong Zhang

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 North Dakota:

  
Track-1 Strategic Plan:

 
  
Track-1 Report Booklet