Serving our State - ND Facts

ND EPSCoR funds faculty and students for STEM research and education activities, and supports the STEM pathway 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

One master's college/ university:

     Five tribal colleges/

Two research universities
  • Dickinson State University
  • Mayville State University
  • Valley City State University

  • Minot State University

  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College
  • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
  • Sitting Bull College
  • Turtle Mountain Community College
  • United Tribes Technical College
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of North Dakota

The mission:

Since North Dakota first became EPSCoR-eligible in 1985, ND EPSCoR has sought to fulfill its mission to broaden and diversify ND's STEM workforce pathways, support and grow statewide research efforts, and inform ND stakeholders.

The progress:

NDSU CI intern Jonathan EdstromIn the early years, the EPSCoR emphasis was on building research infrastructure and capacity,primarily at the two research universities. Since that time, ND EPSCoR has expanded its scope beyond the research universities to 11 campuses across the state, helping train students and support researchers through various EPSCoR programs.

The programs:
  • NATURE programs help primarily American Indian students to develop an awareness, interest, and perseverance in STEM disciplines.
  • The STTAR program helps support student internships at ND-based businesses, providing both valuable industry experience and an opportunity to develop workplace skills.
  • The NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 cooperative agreement provides important resources for ND's agricultural community, from better models for land use, soil health, hydrology, climate patterns, and crop economics through the Center for Regional Climate Studies (CRCS); to developing bio-based materials and polymers that use ND-produced crops in new and sustainable ways, many of which have future commercial potential, thanks to the research from the Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS).  
The results:

Over the long association with the National Science Foundation (NSF), ND EPSCoR has been awarded a total of $63.5 million in RII Track-1 awards. Those dollars have been used at all 11 campuses to support research and outreach, with the most recent partnership involving over 1,000 participants, the publishing of over 400 research reports, and receipt of three patents.

  • Through the ND University System, the state has provided matching funds which result in state benefits of improved research infrastructure, better equipped students, enhanced researcher capabilities 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. 
  • Thanks to the federal and state funds, ND EPSCoR-funded researchers have been able to expand expertise and capacity, providing new opportunities to generate external research awards from federal and other sources. View the 2019 ND EPSCoR Fact Sheet for more information about the program and its benefits. 
  • 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.