Owing to the efforts of Dr. Gary Zank, the PI for the funded research titled CPU2AL, and the collaborative efforts of ALEPSCoR, the co-principal investigators, and the institutional leads, Alabama is one of five states awarded an RII Track-1 award this coming year.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been awarded four National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR RII Track 2 grants totaling $5.4 million in nanotechnology and basic neuroscience studies.
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 universities.
When a proposal is sent to a NSF directorate and found meritorious, opportunities within NSF exist for the project to be jointly funded by the specific NSF directorate and the NSF EPSCoR office. In 2012, new awards to Alabama researchers resulting from NSF EPSCoR Co-Funding totaled $11.2M.
The Alabama NASA EPSCoR program provides funding for research in fields of interest to both NASA and the State of Alabama. In 2011, two new Cooperative Agreement Notices (CAN) awards were funded at UAH ($75K) and USA ($675K).
The USDA EPSCoR program is “designed to help institutions develop competitive research, education and extension/outreach programs in high‐priority areas of national need in agriculture, food, and environmental sciences.” In CY 2011, three new awards were brought into the state totaling $1.1M. Current USDA awards will continue to provide revenue to the state until 2014.
DOE EPSCoR State Laboratory Partnership Awards encourage collaborations between researchers at the seven research institutions and Federal Laboratory personnel. Alabama has three ongoing projects. The University of Alabama was awarded a 2011 grant in the amount of $497K.
Alabama EPSCoR was awarded two cyberinfrastructure grants in 2011. The first is a $1.2M grant to upgrade Alabama cyber network and connectivity infrastructure to enhance Alabama’s research competitiveness in nanotechnology, bioscience, and sensors. The second is a $1.7M grant to coordinate and upgrade cyberinfrastructure in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to enable the rapid sharing of data resources and tools to advance new scientific discoveries in geosciences and engineering associated with coastal hazards in the tri-state region.
An Alabama DoE EPSCoR Implementation Grant was awarded in August 2009. These awards consist of a research program and a human resource development program. UA is serving as the lead institution while the research cluster is headquartered at AU and includes researchers at UA, USA, TU, and Auburn/Montgomery.