Welcome to Alaska NSF EPSCoR


Alaska NSF EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. EPSCoR is in the fourth year of "Fire and Ice," a five-year project to study climate-driven changes to Alaskan wildfire regimes and coastal ecosystems. For more information check out our brochure. You can also view publications and products by Fire and ice researchers and learn about impacts of the project.

The national NSF EPSCoR organization also supports Alaska through other funding streams. Check out this poster for more information on the timeline and structure of NSF EPSCoR in Alaska.


 EPSCoR news


IGNITE workshop

The EPSCoR and NIH INBRE programs are holding a professional development workshop January 11-12 entitled “IGNITE: Individual Growth and New Ideas through EPSCoR/INBRE.” The workshop will have three separate tracks for faculty, staff and students (both graduate and upper-division undergraduates.) Topics covered include finding appropriate funding sources, budgeting, creating an Individual Development Plan, career paths, and navigating award letters. Speakers at the event will include:

  • Sharon Milgram, Director of the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education at the National Institutes of Health, who will present several sessions on resiliency;
  • Kelvin Chu, Senior-Vice President and CEO of The Implementation Group, who will discuss the ins and outs of grant writing; and
  • Geoff Welch, a local small business owner and performance coach.

Sessions will take place at the Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks from 10:30 am – 7 pm Wednesday, January 11 and 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Thursday, January 12. Preregistration is required to attend. Each track is limited to 25 attendees on a first come, first serve basis, after which applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Travel support may be provided based on available funds.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Tara Borland or Julie Benson

Event videos

We have videos available online of several recent events:

EPSCoR 2022 Update

2022 Update

We're pleased to bring you the "EPSCoR 2022 update," a multifaceted report that  encapsulates the progress and findings of the Fire & Ice project through 2022. 

The update is based around an interactive PDF, which in turn links to three "Storymap" narratives, one each for the Boreal Fires, Coastal Margins and DEW components. The PDF also links through to various sections of this website that have been freshly updated to reflect accomplishments throughout the project.

diverSCUBA Awards

EPSCoR is sponsoring a set of “SCUBA Inclusion Awards” designed to increase diversity and inclusion in science fields that incorporate SCUBA diving. We’re giving away 10 awards of up to $1,000 each to UA undergrads and graduate students to use for open water training or other dive courses. Students with any level of swim or dive experience are encouraged to apply. This is open to students in any discipline, but applicants will have to indicate how they will use the award for research purposes. Deadline to apply is December 12, and awards must be used by September 30, 2023. Apply here.

Science Olympiad

EPSCoR And UAF are partnering to stage a Science Olympiad for Alaskan middle-school students February 24-25 on the UAF campus. Students will compete in 23 events including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. EPSCoR and UAF sponsors will organize the event, pay for registration and travel for teams, and also fund the winning team to travel to the national Science Olympiad. See the website for information about registering a team.

EPSCoR "Track-2" awards

The National Science Foundation has released a solicitation for NSF EPSCoR “Track-2” collaborative research projects. Proposals must include Co-PIs from at least two of the 28 EPSCoR states and territories, and must be on the (extremely Alaska-relevant!) topic of “Advancing climate change research and resilience capacity to expand opportunities for disproportionately affected communities."

Proposals are for up to four years and up to a total of $1 million a year for awards shared between two EPSCoR jurisdictions, and up to $1.5 million a year for awards shared between three or more jurisdictions. Letters of intent are due December 20, 2022 and full proposals due January 24, 2023.

UAA, UAF and UAS can serve as lead for only one proposal each, and an investigator may serve as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on only one Track-2 award at any given time. UAA researchers interested in applying should contact Aaron Dotson, UAS researchers should contact Maren Haavig and UAF researchers should consult Nettie LaBelle-Hamer. UA researchers are also encouraged to serve as Co-PI’s on projects at other jurisdictions.

 Faces of STEM

Nikki Grant-HoffmanEPSCoR is showcasing the unique characteristics that Alaskans bring to STEM by sharing a series of interviews with former University of Alaska students succeeding in STEM careers. Interviews are with Sigrun Hreinsdottir, who studies volcanoes and earthquakes in New Zealand; ANTHC engineer Shawn Takak (picture); BLM Ecologist and Science Coordinator Nikki Grant-Hoffman; Navy meteorologist James Campbell; Muckleshoot Tribe marine biologist Lee Foulkes; Alaska Harmful Algae Bloom (AHAB) Program Coordinator Thomas Farrugia; cancer researcher Mindy Kim Graham; Fairbanks pediatrician Carla Cartagena De Jesus; Thomas Hughes, an engineer for the Alaska DOT; and Liz Dennett, who works for Amazon Web Services.