Dr. Christopher Lawson, Executive Director of AL EPSCoR and Professor of Physics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been elected as Board Chair for the Coalition of EPSCoR/IDeA States. The Coalition of EPSCoR/IDeA States represents the interests of the 24 EPSCoR states as well as Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. As […]
The Alabama Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ALEPSCoR) program is dedicated to the advancement of economic development via scientific and engineering research through a collaborative effort among the State’s research universities. The focus of activities is designed to attract and retain distinguished scientists and researchers for Alabama; to develop new cutting-edge technologies and high-tech industry; and to stimulate state competitiveness in medicine, biotechnology, engineering, and other applied sciences.
ALEPSCoR has enjoyed recent success, securing nearly $7.9M in new federal research funding during FY 2014 and over $8.9M during FY 2015. Federally funded research expenditures for the same periods exceeded $16.7M and $12.4M, respectively. Awards were received from the federal EPSCoR programs of the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These awards range in duration from one to six years and employ numerous researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students. In addition, large numbers of K-12 teachers and students are involved in ALEPSCoR K-12 outreach activities. A special emphasis is placed on outreach and collaborations with underrepresented groups to encourage involvement and knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Read More.