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.
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.
ALEPSCoR is awarded federal funding from the following programs:
NSF EPSCoR, DOE EPSCoR, NASA EPSCoR, USDA EPSCoR (currently not eligible), and NIH IDeA. Each award has its own requirements and funding opportunities, see table below for more information or click on the Learn More icon.
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.
Birmingham are pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming NSF Day to be held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hill Student Center 1400 University Blvd. Birmingham, Alabama 35233. Breakfast, snacks and catered lunch will be included.