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Briefing Date:11/13/2013
Topic:The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Policy and Global Affairs Division
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
Committee to Evaluate the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and Similar Federal Agency Programs

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
428 Hart Senate Office Bldg. – 10:00 a.m.
H-309 The Capitol Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.
125 Hart Senate Office Bldg. – 3:30 p.m.
and
2315 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.

on

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Requested by Congress in P.L. 111-358, this new report from the National Academies evaluates the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a federal program to build states' capacity to conduct scientific and engineering research.

Since its inaugural year in 1979, the EPSCOR program has grown from funding programs in five states to awarding funding to 31 states in 2012. This report assesses the effectiveness of EPSCOR and similar federal agency programs in improving national research capabilities, promoting an equitable distribution of research funding, and integrating their efforts with other initiatives designed to strengthen the nation's research capacity. The report also looks at the effectiveness of EPSCOR states in using awards to develop science engineering research and education, as well as science and engineering infrastructure within their state. Finally, it makes recommendations for improvement for each agency to create a more focused program with greater impact.

These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on November 14, 2013 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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