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The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR) focuses on those states that have historically received lesser amounts of Federal research & development funding and have demonstrated a commitment to develop their research bases and to improve the quality of science and engineering research conducted at their universities and colleges.

EPA's EPSCoR uses the model developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) which provided a national leadership role for Federal agencies with EPSCoR programs. EPSCoR is a merit-based program where all awards are based on a competitive, peer-review process.

The EPA EPSCoR program funds proposals from EPSCoR states that are in response to EPA STAR solicitations (see http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/), pass peer review, and fall near the cutoff for funding by the reviewing program. This mechanism operates internally within EPA and does not require any action on the part of the applicant.

The goal of the EPA EPSCoR program is to fund high quality research while allowing investigators to gain experience in the competitive grants process and to become familiar with the EPA STAR program. EPA plans to use its limited EPSCoR resources through this process and will no longer issue separate EPSCoR solicitations.

The program currently operates through 7 Federal Agencies in 22 states:

Alabama Alaska Arkansas Delaware
Hawaii Idaho Kansas Kentucky
Louisiana Maine Mississippi Montana
Nebraska Nevada New Mexico North Dakota
Oklahoma South Carolina South Dakota Vermont
West Virginia Wyoming Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands

Further general information about EPSCoR and links to other Federal Agencies EPSCoR programs can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=EHR/.

EPSCoR Projects by State
State Grant # Title
Arkansas R829417E01 Developing Competitive Environmental Research in Arkansas
Idaho R827683E01 Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) for Idaho
R827683E02 Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water (SEER 1)
R827683E03 Detection of Pathogens in Drinking Water (SEER 2)
R829425E01 Boise Valley Inversion and Air Pollution Study
Kansas R827589E02 The Role of Natural Organic Matter in the Transport, Disposition and Binding of Atrazine
R827589E03 An Integrated Approach to Characterize and Reduce Microbial Pathogens, Nutrients, and Sediment Transport in Runoff and Drinking Water Source
R827589E04 Evaluating the Effects of Pesticide Mixtures to Aquatic Organisms: Mechanisms of Synergistic Toxicity
Louisiana R827785E01 Environmental Research in Coastal Louisiana
Kentucky R829419E01 Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from the Commonwealth of Kentucky (SIP)
R829419E02 Biomarkers for Air Pollutants: Development of Hemoglobin Adduct Methodology for Assessment of Exposure to Butadienes and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, SEER project of SIP: Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) From The Commonwealth Of Kentucky
R829419E03 Developmental Stability in Amphibians as a Biological Indicator of Chemical Contamination and Other Environmental Stressors, , SEER project of SIP: Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) From The Commonwealth Of Kentucky
Louisiana R827785E02 Physical and Biological Processes Affecting the Distribution of Hypoxia on the Louisiana Continental Shelf
R827785E03 The Fate of Particle-Reactive Contaminants in Shallow Coastal Environments
R829420E01 Human Activities and a Changing Climate in Louisiana
R829420E02 How likely is it that fish populations will successfully adapt to global warming?
R829420E03 Saltwater intrusion on the gulf coast: an assessment of the interactions of salinity stress, genetic diversity and population characteristics of fish inhabiting coastal marshes
R829420E04 Modeling the impacts of climate change on wetland ecosystems
Mississippi R829421E01 The Use of Mussel Gene Expression Profiles to Determine the Pollutant Decontamination Efficacy of Solvated Electron Reduction Technology - An Interdisciplinary Collaboration
R829421E03 Synthetic and Natural Small Molecule Zebra Mussel Anti-foulants
Montana R829400E01 Investigations into the causes of diel cycling of heavy metals in streams
Nebraska R829422E01 Managing Soil and Water Contamination Using Innovative Predictive and Remediative Treatment Techniques (SIP)
R829422E02 Using Vertical Attachment Energies to Predict Dehalogenation Rates of Environmental Contaminants (SEER I)
R829422E03 Kinetic and Mechanistic Framework for Remediation Using Zerovalent Iron (SEERII)
Nevada R827622E01 The Nevada EPA-EPSCoR Program in the Fate, Transport and Cycling of Contaminants in Arid/Semiarid Regions
R827622E02 Determining the Role of Plants and Soils in the Biogeochemical Cycling of Mercury on an Ecosystem Level
R827622E03 The Fate and Transport of Perchlorate in a Contaminated Site in the Las Vegas Valley. Part A: Investigation of the Influence of Biological Degradation and Sorption on the Fate of Perchlorate. Part B: Modeling of the Transport of Perchlorate in the Las Vegas Wash.
North Dakota R828081E01 Building Research Infrastructure in the Environmental Sciences in North Dakota
R828081E02 Environmental Contaminationas a Result of Flooding: A Case Study of Heating Oil Pollution in the Red River Valley
R829415E01 Improving Infrastructure for Environmental Research in North Dakota
R829415E02 New Chemical Analysis Tools for Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Puerto Rico R827780E01 Proposal to Strengthen the EPSCoR Program for Environmental and Toxicological Research in Puerto Rico
South Carolina R829424E01 2001 South Carolina EPA/EPSCoR Program: Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP)
R829424E02 A Multidisciplinary Approach to Quantify and Model the Transport and Deposition of Organic Pollutants in Coastal Environments: Science and Engineering Environmental Research (SEER) Project #1
R829424E03 Specialty Polymeric Materials for use in the Purification and Detection of Harmful Algal Bloom Toxins: Science and Engineering
Vermont R827784E01 VT's EPA EPSCoR SIP and SEER Project to Implement Initiatives to Increase the Competitiveness of the State's Academic Environmental Scientists and Engineers
R827784E02 SEER: The Role of Natural Versus Anthropogenic Factors in Assessing Ecological Risk in Agricultural Watersheds
West Virginia R829410E02 Development of Electrochemical Techniques for the Detection/Quantification of Mercury using Boron-Doped Diamond Electrodes
R829410E01 Enhancing Water Research in West Virginia: Organization and Capability Building
Wyoming R829426E01 Wyoming EPA/EPSCoR Proposal - Strategic Improvement Plan
R829426E02 Influence of bio-pollution on ecosystem processes: the impact introduced lake trout on streams and terrestrial predators in Yellowstone National Park

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