Christopher Lawson, PhD
ALEPSCoR Executive Director

AL EPSCoR is a consortium of the 8 AL Ph.D. granting institutions, the AL Department of Commerce (DoC), the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and numerous business leaders with the goal of increasing sustained national S&T research competitiveness in AL. Overall, AL EPSCoR has been awarded 265 federal EPSCoR grants totaling $167M from 2009-2019, or an average of approximately $17M of EPSCoR funding per year. These federal EPSCoR grants have led to new scientific discoveries, capabilities, and high-tech infrastructure in AL leading to important sustainable job growth.

The ALEPSCoR state-funded Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP), designed to increase the pool of highly trained graduates available to AL industries, provides funding for graduate students performing high-tech federal EPSCoR Research, with funding leading to 204 Ph.D. and 67 MS degrees.

In 2016, ALEPSCoR developed Alabama’s first S&T Plan / Roadmap formally adopted by the State of AL. Later Roadmap updates were incorporated in the AL DoC Economic Development Plan, Accelerate Alabama 2.0. These Roadmap research capabilities are incorporated into a searchable web database, which identifies where specific types of high tech research, along with a highly trained workforce, is available in AL to support current and emerging business enterprises across the state.

  • 12

    DOE EPSCoR Awards
  • 21

    NASA EPSCoR Awards
  • 202

    NSF EPSCoR Awards
  • 33

    USDA EPSCoR Awards

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The Graduate Research Scholars Program

The Graduate Research Scholars Program provides state funds for education in high-tech fields and graduate-level research in EPSCoR-related areas.


Explore Research in Alabama

Explore Research In Alabama is a tool for students, researchers, commercial enterprises and legislators seeking to foster collaboration between educational institutions and commercial enterprises in Alabama.