ND EPSCoR Programs

ND EPSCoR encompasses programs that reach across the state, seeking to fulfill our mission of increasing the competitiveness of North Dakota for merit-based grants in support of STEM research. In addition to research efforts, ND EPSCoR supports efforts to broaden the STEM pathway as a means to impact workforce development in the state.

The primary ND EPSCoR programs are the NSF Track-1 Cooperative Agreement, NATURE (Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education), and STTAR (Students in Technology Transfer and Research).

What is a Track-1 Cooperative Agreement?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in 1978. The Track-1 NSF cooperative agreement is a five-year cooperative agreement that carries an 80/20% federal/state match. 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”. NSF has been substantially involved in the technical, managerial, and coordination activities of EPSCoR’s projects.

Today there are several competitive merit-based programs at federal research and development agencies whose goal is to enhance STEM science and education along with supporting the broadening of participation and partnerships across the individual state jurisdictions.