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.
State support for the ALEPSCoR program during FY 2014 included $343K for administration and $766K for the Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP). The GRSP has supported over 226 graduate students since 2006, leading to 45 Master’s degrees and 129 Ph.D. degrees as of December 2015. During the fall of 2015, 36 students were awarded GRSP funding in Round Ten, 22 of these were new awardees. Three are working toward a Master’s degree, one is working on both a MS and a PhD, while thirty-two are working toward a PhD. More information regarding the GRSP can be found on the GRSP page of this site and in Volume 8 of the GRSP Booklet published December 2015.
The ALEPSCoR program continues to be a valuable contributor to scientific and engineering infrastructure, research capabilities, education, and economic development across the state. We look forward to continued investment for a stronger, more prosperous Alabama. For more information, please explore our website.
Dr. Christopher Lawson
Executive Director, ALEPSCoR
Professor of Physics, University of Alabama at Birmingham