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Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Alabama EPSCoR Steering Committee Bylaws

Department of Energy

  • Alabama DOE EPSCoR Program Coordination and Management

National Science Foundation

  • 2007 NSFAnnual Report Executive Summary
  • Alabama NSF EPSCoR RII Interim Report – August 2006
  • Alabama NSF EPSCoR RII – 3 Strategic Plans
  • Alabama EPSCoR NSF RII 2005-2008 Strategic Plan
  • Alabama NSF EPSCoR Katrina Planning Grant Final Report
  • Alabama NSF Katrina Impact Assessment Study – Alabama Gulf Coast

2007 Annual Meeting PowerPoint Presentations

2007 Annual Meeting Poster Presentations

  • Alabama A&M Outreach Project at a Middle School
  • Characterization of W1Cx Electrical Contacts on Silicon Carbide Using RBS and AFM-SEM
  • Effects of Low and High Energy Ion Bombardment on ETFE Polymer
  • Fabrication, Thermal, and Mechanical Characterization of Expandable Thermoplastic Nanocomposites
  • First-Principles Study of Thermal and Elastic Properties of Al2O3 (PowerPoint)
  • Growth of Cr2+ Doped ZnSe Films by Pulsed Laster Depostion for Mid-Infrared Laser Applications and Optical Sensing
  • Improvement on Thermoelectric Characteristics of Layered Nanostructure by Ion Beam Bombardment
  • Interferometric UV Lithography for Nanoscale Patterning of Biological Substrates
  • Ion Implantation Inhibits Cell Attachment to Glassy Polymeric Carbon
  • Lasers in Space for Asteroid Mitigation
  • Mid-IR Luminescence of Nanocrystalline II-VI Semiconductors Doped with Transition Metal Ions
  • Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of a Botrytis Cinerea Secreted Protein
  • Nano Particle Production and Electro-Magnetic Mass Separation
  • Nano- and Micro- Structural Evolution of UHMWPE by Ion Beam
  • Proton Beam Effects on GPC Composites
  • Solution Structure and Characterization of E2-25K
  • Solution Structure for the UBA Domain of E2-25K
  • Studies on the Characterization of Epon 862 with Various Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
  • Study of the Effects of Various Nonpowders in the Properties of the GPC
  • Synthesis and Nonlinear Optical Characterization of Transition Metal Systems Containing Phosphino-Oligothiophene Ligands
  • Theoretical Investigation of Plasma Jets Driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion Using Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics
  • Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Polyhedral-Oligomeric-sil-sesquiozanes (POSS) Modified SC-15 Epoxy
  • Thermoelectric Properities Nanolayered BixTe3-Sb2Te3 System After Bombardment by MeV Si
  • Thermoelectric Properties of Nanolayered Nanocrystals of Gold
  • Ultra-Long Range Surface Plasmon-Polaritons at Optical Frequencies (Currently Unavailable)
  • Zn4Sb3-CeFe(4-x)CoxSb12 Nano-Layered Structure as Highly Efficient Thermoelectric Generation

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) grant, two Cyberinfrastructure grants, and EPSCoR Co-Funding, as described below:

NSF EPSCoR (RII-3). Alabama EPSCoR was awarded a $15M NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement Cooperative Agreement from September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2014 entitled, “Enhancing Alabama’s Research Capacity in Nano/ Bio Science and Sensors.” This award provides funding to ALEPSCoR research institutions across the state for developing Alabama high technology research capability. Those research institutions are: Alabama A&M University (AAMU), Auburn University (AU), Tuskegee University (TU), University of Alabama (UA), University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH), and the University of South Alabama (USA). The high technology research capabilities being developed are: (i) the Nano and Biomaterials Research Thrust (led by TU, with USA, AU, UAB, UA, AAMU) is developing new nanostructured materials with enhanced thermal, physical, mechanical, and biodegradable properties; (ii) theBiotechnology Research Thrust (led by AU, with AAMU, TU, UAB) is developing model biosystems to facilitate the development of nanomaterials and nanoscale devices; (iii) the Optics and Sensors Research Thrust (led by UAB with UA) is developing new optical and molecular sensing technologies for applications in environmental monitoring, counter-terrorism, industrial process control, and medical diagnosis; (iv) the Nanofabrication Research Thrust (led by AAMU, with UAB, UA, UAH, TU) is applying cutting-edge nanoengineering to develop molecular sensors, regimented nanomaterials and nanostructures with applications in chemical, biological, and thermo-electric devices.

NSF EPSCoR RII Cyberinfrastructure. Alabama EPSCoR was awarded two Cyberinfrastucture 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 nantechnology, 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.

NSF EPSCoR Co-funding. 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.


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.

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.


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.


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).


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The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The Alabama EPSCoR (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, companies and opportunities; and to stimulate state competitiveness in medicine, biotechnology, engineering, mathematics and other applied sciences.

Alabama’s investment in the ALEPSCoR Program has led to over $7.1 M in new federal awards and $ 17.9 M in research expenditures (CY 2012) being brought into the state. In 2006, the Alabama Legislature also increased the Commission line item appropriation to EPSCoR for the purpose of funding a Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP). The goal of the GRSP is to attract high quality graduate students to Alabama’s research universities and to increase the pool of highly trained Master’s and Ph.D. graduates available to Alabama industry. The program has implemented seven successful rounds of competitive GRSP grant awards. This next generation of GRSP research scholars is destined to become Alabama’s industrial and academic leaders of tomorrow. Over 187 students have been supported with a state investment exceeding7M to date with 21new awardees beginning Fall 2013. This state support has assisted students in their achievement of 100 Ph.D. and 34 Master’s degrees as of December 2013.

GRSP research topics range from biomedical and life sciences to nano-materials and engineering. Five GRSP brochures (the sixth will be available in December 2013), that chronicle accomplishments of this project to date and provide an historical reference to the ongoing work, have been published and distributed to state and national audiences.

Thus, the state supported GRSP program is providing vital support for graduate students, i.e., students performing research in those areas targeted by the state as high priority development areas.