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. 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.


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


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) […]