Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) program

AURA provides upper-division undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in
faculty-mentored research projects during the summer, fall semester or spring semester.
The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduate students to consider a research career in
Science, Engineering, or Mathematics.

Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship (DDA) program

The DDA program is designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students enrolled in the
science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at North Dakota’s two research-intensive
universities, and increase the number of competitive proposals submitted to the National Science

Support is available for up to 24 months to enable students to dedicate their time
exclusively to dissertation research.

Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) program

This program provides opportunities for students from North Dakota’s baccalaureate universities
and ND tribal colleges to pursue graduate degrees at North Dakota’s two research universities
in the areas of science, engineering and mathematics.

Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program

The NATURE program is a North Dakota EPSCoR sponsored education outreach project. NATURE
aims to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among North
Dakota tribal college and high school students and to build a pathway for the pursuit of careers in
STEM disciplines. NATURE builds on activities of a long-term collaboration between the tribal colleges
in North Dakota, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.
    More information on the NATURE web pages

New Faculty Start-Up program

Funds are available annually to department chairs and deans on a competitive basis so that
attractive start-up packages may be offered to prospective faculty during the hiring process.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program

This program gives undergraduates the opportunity to stay on their home campus and work
in the Center for Regional Climate Studies (CRCS) or the Center for Sustainable Materials
Science (CSMS) alongside their campus faculty researchers on cutting-edge research projects
in chemistry, materials science, engineering, hydrology, agribusiness and applied economics,
and atmospheric sciences while learning scientific research and communication skills.
For more information, visit the CRCS and CSMS websites at:

Students in Technology Transfer and Research (STTAR) program

The Students in Technology Transfer And Research (STTAR) program provides upper-division
students ( i.e., juniors through graduate students) in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics with an opportunity to use their academic training and experience to address
challenging science and technology-based problems faced by North Dakota companies. Although
related to the more general cooperative education and internship programs offered throughout
the state, the primary emphasis of STTAR is on research and development rather than sales and
marketing. ND EPSCoR cost-shares the student salary.
    More information about the STTAR program


For more information on federal programs, visit the EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation website which includes the individual
agencies of Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes
of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

EPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions can change, based on their level of research and other federally defined factors.

For information about each jurisdiction please visit the EPSCoR jurisdiction page.