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Arkansas EPSCoR


Arkansas EPSCoR develops novel and innovative solutions to promote scientific progress within Arkansas. Investments encompass basic, medical, aerospace and energy research, education and training.

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Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

This federal-state partnership designed to strengthen basic research competitiveness in Arkansas and advance research of national significance with major economic development potential.

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The mission of Arkansas’s NSF EPSCoR program is to strengthen research and education in science and engineering in Arkansas.

Arkansas NSF EPSCoR’s goals are to provide strategic programs and opportunities for Arkansas participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness; and to advance science and engineering capabilities in Arkansas for discovery, innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity.

Arkansas NSF EPSCoR’s objectives are to:

  • Catalyze key research themes and related activities within and among Arkansas’s research community that empower knowledge generation, dissemination and application
  • Activate effective statewide and regional collaborations among academic, government and private sector stakeholders that advance scientific research, promote innovation and provide multiple societal benefits
  • Broaden participation in science and engineering by institutions, organizations people within and among the State of Arkansas
  • Use EPSCoR support for development, implementation evaluation of future programmatic experiments that motivate positive change and progression.


Arkansas INBRE

The mission of Arkansas’s NIH IDeA program is to broaden the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical and behavioral research.

Arkansas NIH IDeA’s goals are to provide support that will strengthen and enhance the capabilities of Arkansas’s researchers to successfully compete for funding from NIH.

Arkansas NIH IDeA’s objectives are to:

  • Serve unique populations - such as rural and medically underserved communities in Arkansas.
  • Increase the competitiveness of investigators by supporting faculty development and research infrastructure enhancement at institutions in Arkansas.
  • Strengthen institutional biomedical research capabilities supporting multidisciplinary centers led by peer-reviewed, NIH-funded investigators.
  • Provide access to biomedical resources for promising undergraduate students in Arkansas.
  • Support a statewide system of institutions with a multidisciplinary thematic scientific focus.

Arkansas Space Grant Consortium

Arkansas Space
Grant Consortium

NASA/Arkansas Space Grant Consortium promotes education and the involvement of the State of Arkansas in NASA research activities.

The mission of Arkansas’s NASA EPSCoR program is to establish partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in the state’s or region’s research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. In addition to the research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.

Arkansas NASA EPSCoR’s goal is to provide seed funding that will enable Arkansas researchers to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.

Arkansas NASA EPSCoR’s objectives are to:

  • Contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure in Arkansas in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission.
  • Improve the capabilities of Arkansas researchers to gain support from sources outside of the NASA EPSCoR program.
  • Develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry.
  • Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction.
  • Work in close coordination with Space Grant to improve the environment for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Arkansas.


EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation

EPSCoR/IDeA helps researchers and institutions improve their research capabilities and quality in order to compete more effectively for “mainstream” competitive research funds.