Established by an act of Congress in 1979, the Experimental (now Established) Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) was designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation to promote scientific progress nationwide. Several federal agencies have adopted EPSCoR programs or developed similar funding opportunities to increase research capacity in states and territories that are historically underfunded in research investments.
The mission of NH EPSCoR is to advance New Hampshire's competitiveness in science and engineering by strategically investing in research infrastructure, promoting education in the STEM disciplines, and fostering partnerships with technology-based businesses that enhance job creation and economic development.
The NH Research & Industry Council is composed of members representing industry, the executive and legislative branches, and higher education across the Granite State. Members meet quarterly to review research and workforce progress, assist in outreach and evaluation, and support emerging connections between research and business.