What is EPSCoR? The National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to StimulateCompetitive Research (EPSCoR) is afederal program that builds research capacity in smaller states to spurcompetitiveness, scientific discovery and economic development. West Virginia is one of 31 eligible states and territories.
The mission of EPSCoR is to assist the NationalScience Foundation in its statutory function"to strengthen research and education inscience and engineering throughout theUnited States and to avoid undueconcentration of such research andeducation." EPSCoR goals are: a) to provide strategic programs and opportunities for EPSCoR participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness; b) to advance science and engineering capabilities in EPSCoR jurisdictions for discovery, innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity. “A flexible driver for unique state resources”
West Virginia at a glancePopulation, 2011 estimate 1,855,364 White 94.1% White, Non-Hispanic 93.0% Black 3.5% Am. Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% Asian 0.7% Native HI and Pac. Islanders > 0.1% Hispanic/Latino 1.3%Bachelor’s degree, age 25+ 17.3%HS graduation rate in 2011 77.3%Median household income $38,380Persons below poverty level 17.4%Land Area in sq. miles 24,038Persons per sq. mile 77.1West Virginia GDP 66.8 billionState Budget for FY 2013 $11.6 billionMajor IndustriesChemicals, biotechnology, tourism, energy production,timber178 West Virginia Regional Innovation ParticipantsGeneral Tech, Biometrics, Biotech, Materials & Chemicalsand Energy
Administration Governor Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Science and Research Advisory Council Vice Chancellor for Science and Research WVEPSCoR State Director External Technical Advisory Board NSF NASA DOE DOD NIH USDA EPA EPSCoR Research EPSCoR EPSCoR IDeA Infrastructure Improvement Education,Interdisciplinary Research Diversity Evaluation Human Resource Workforce Administration Teams Development and Outreach Universities, PUI’s, CTS’s
VISION2015VISION 2015 is thestrategic framework ofactions and initiativesthat position WestVirginia to achievemeasurable growthin research andtechnology-basedeconomicdevelopment.Fourteen goals in five categorieswill be coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, theScience and Research Council and the West Virginia Development Office, inconjunction with the business community and higher education institutions.
West Virginia’s Blueprint for Technology- Based Economic Development – recommends West Virginia’s focus on four technology platforms Energy and Energy-Related Technology; Materials Science and Chemicals; Identification, Security and Sensing Technology (Biometrics); Molecular Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Targeted Delivery Systems.(Biotechnology)
Federal and State Research Investments in West Virginia Higher Education
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Executive SummaryConsensus opinions from the EPSCoR 2030 Workshop The report summarizes background, issues, consensus opinions and a series of five major recommendations that grew out of the workshop. Consensus opinions include: Consensus EPSCoR research universities are a vital resource that can and must be employed as the States tackles S&T issues impacting the ability of the country to compete in high- tech global markets. Any national research agenda that ignores or diminishes the role of half the states is an agenda that makes a serious omission by excluding highly productive and important components of the nation’s R&D capability. Consensus There are challenges where EPSCoR institutions have the experience that can help NSF and nation including energy, climate variation, health, defense and homeland security and cyberinfrastructure.
Consensus opinions ContinuedConsensus While the NSF EPSCoR investment has fueledincredible advancements in building research infrastructure, bothNSF and the EPSCoR states need to better articulate the needfor and achievements of the NSF (and federal-wide) EPSCoRand IDeA efforts.Consensus One of EPSCoR’s strengths is that statecommittees, universities and faculty are committed to scientificand engineering excellence.Consensus EPSCoR’s current award mechanisms could bemodified to better reflect new NSF priorities, reduce theemphasis on funding multiple activities with a single award,focus funding on achieving critical needs in science andinfrastructure and allow groups of EPSCoR researchers to betterpool the expertise which EPSCoR already has developed inareas like water, energy, and cyberinfrastructure.
Executive SummaryRecommendations from the EPSCoR 2030 Workshop Since NSF EPSCoR research is critical to the nation’s science and technology policy, NSF must continue to expand its EPSCoR funding and overall support in order to guarantee this program’s relevance. NSF EPSCoR should return to its original focus of increasing research capacity. NSF should use EPSCoR states and their research institutions as a test bed for new agency initiatives taking advantage of their size, diversity and nimble structures. NSF and EPSCoR institutions must act now to develop a robust cyberinfrastructure to ensure that faculties are, and remain, competitive. The “EPSCoR success story” must be better told in the national interest.