Director’s Welcome

The Alabama Established 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. In January of 2017, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act renamed the EPSCoR program from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research in recognition of the tremendous benefits this program has within the EPSCoR states and the nation.

ALEPSCoR has enjoyed recent success, securing nearly $7.9M in new EPSCoR research funding during FY 2014, over $8.9M during FY 2015, and $11.1M in FY 2016 . Federally funded research expenditures for the same periods exceeded $16.7M, $12.4M, and $11.5M 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.

The success of Alabama’s long term commitment to promoting the education and careers of its most talented graduate students cannot be overstated.  Since 2006, the legislature has appropriated over $8 million in support of the Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP). As of December 2016, almost 250 students have been recipients of 447 awards, with a number of students benefitting from multi-year full and partial awards. This support has led to the achievement of 146 Ph.D. and 48 Master’s degrees.  More information regarding the GRSP can be found on the GRSP page of this site and in Volume 9 of the GRSP Booklet published December 2016.

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