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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.

 

Alabama EPSCoR State Science and Technology Roadmap (AESSTR)

The AESSTR identifies statewide research priorities and areas of research expertise across Alabama's universities and laboratories that provide the targeted economic growth of Accelerate Alabama. AESSTR was crafted in consultation with the research leaders of the seven Ph.D. granting institutions in the State, representatives from the Alabama Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) and with input from several research oriented companies such as the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology and Southern Research.

What's New?

Commercialization Scholar Awardee, Dr. Jianyi Zhang, is a Recipient of an $8 Million Grant to Study Bioengineered Tissue Patches

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Duke University, has been awarded an $8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  A recent article by Melissa Brown of  the Birmingham Business Journal highlighted the exciting and innovative research that will be conducted within these three […]

Dr. Gary Zank – The Smartest Person in Alabama?

Dr. Gary Zank – The Smartest Person in Alabama?

Dr. Gary Zank, of the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, was recently featured in AL.com as possibly the smartest person in Alabama. An interview by Lee Roop highlighted Dr. Zank’s extraordinary accomplishments in the field of space physics. Dr. Zank’s work has also recently been recognized nationally by […]

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Zank of the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Zank of the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr. Gary Zank of the University of Alabama in Huntsville has been newly elected as a National Academy of Sciences member. Read the National Academy of Sciences release here. Read the University of Alabama in Huntsville release here. Dr. Zank is director of the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) and chair of […]

Resources

Congressional Testimonies

2014 Dr. Chris Lawson’s Written Congressional Testimony 2013 Dr. Chris Lawson’s Written Congressional Testimony 2012 Dr. Chris Lawson’s Written Congressional Testimony

Reports

Science and Technology Roadmaps 2016 AL EPSCoR State Science and Technology Roadmap (AESSTR) 2016 AL EPSCoR Recommendations to Accelerate Alabama 2.0 2012 Accelerate Alabama GRSP 2016 GRSP Report – Volume 9 2015 GRSP Report – Volume 8 2014 GRSP Report – Volume 7 2013 GRSP Report – Volume 6 2012 GRSP Report – Volume 5 […]

Major Awards

ALEPSCoR brings in external funding into the state from several federal EPSCoR agencies associated with NSF, DOE, USDA, and NASA. In FY 2012, ALEPSCoR brought in over $25M of new federal grants into the state from these agencies. National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR NSF/EPSCoR provided federal funding for ALEPSCoR programs through a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) […]

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