Serving our State - ND Facts

ND EPSCoR funds faculty and students for STEM research and education activities, and it supports the STEM pipeline at 11 higher education institutions within the North Dakota University System (NDUS) and the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges (NDATC), including:

Three primarily
undergraduate institutions
  • Dickinson State University
  • Mayville State University
  • Valley City State University
One master's college/university:
  • Minot State University
Five tribal colleges:
  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College
  • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
  • Sitting Bull College
  • Turtle Mountain Community College
  • United Tribes Technical College
Two research universities:
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of North Dakota

Since North Dakota first became EPSCoR-eligible with the National Science Foundation (NSF), ND EPSCoR has been awarded a total of $63.5 million in Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 awards. Those dollars have been used at all 11 campuses to support research and outreach. The RII cooperative agreement is a federal/state partnership.

  • Through the ND University System, the state has provided matching funds for the federal awards and other EPSCoR activities. The state benefits include improved research infrastructure, better equipped students, enhanced capabilities of researchers to obtain added federal funding, high-value skills and knowledge, and a STEM pathway that will benefit the state for decades ahead. In addition, collaborations and interaction with industry will ensure ongoing impacts. 
  • For every $1 of state input, ND EPSCoR-funded researchers have generated over $6.80 in external research awards from federal and other sources. View the 2019 ND EPSCoR Fact Sheet or the 2019 Infographic  for more information about the program and its benefits. 
  • The consolidated ND EPSCoR state office improves efficiency with a small but centralized administration. We continue to serve and support research and outreach activities throughout North Dakota.
  • Added benefits to North Dakota from the recent Track-1 award include:

ND Science and Technology Plan

The 2018 ND Science and Technology Plan creates a framework for research and outreach endeavors in the state, helping guide the future direction of the North Dakota University System with science, technology, and industry.

ND EPSCoR Track-1 Research Booklet

The ND EPSCoR Track-1 research booklet features participants and their research in the Center for Regional Climate Studies and the Center for Sustainable Materials Science under the current NSF EPSCoR Track-1 cooperative agreement.

ND EPSCoR Research Centers

Visit our two research center websites for information on their participants and activities


Center for Regional Climate Studies 

Center for Sustainable Materials Science