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 third 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 and one-page summaries of each component of the program: Boreal Fires; Coastal Margins; and Diversity, Education and Workforce Development. You can also view posters, presentations and publications from Fire and ice researchers.

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


2022 Travel Awards

We're now accepting applications for our 2022 travel awards. These awards of up to $3,500 can be used for travel, or remote attendance at, conferences, workshops, trainings, or other appropriate academic settings. The award period runs from November 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 and the application deadline is October 8. See our solicitation for more information and to apply.

Seed grants available

We’re pleased to announce the availability of a series of seed grants to support research and outreach related to the Fire & Ice project. Grants will be awarded in four categories: Faculty Research Seed Grants of up to $20,000 each; Student Research Seed Grants of up to $4,000 each; Education and Outreach Seed Grants of up to $12,500 each; and Visualization Seed Grants of up to $2,500 each. The application deadline is October 15. For more information see our announcement and visit our awards page.

TREND award winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Alaska TREND (Technology Research and Development Center) Phase 0 Grants. These $10,000 EPSCoR-supported awards go to innovators and companies in the early stages of deploying technologies with a strong technical basis and competitive edge. This year’s winners are:

  • MustRs LLC of Fairbanks, which plans to develop robots for senior and disabled care
  • MacKinnon Marine Technologies of Anchorage, which proposes to develop an unmanned watercraft for the U.S. Navy
  • PKS Consulting, Inc. of Anchorage, which is designing a system to turn plastic beach waste into lumber
  • GRAYSTAR Pacific Seafood, Ltd. of Anchorage, which is both examining the use of salmon skin in wound dressings and marketing deep ocean water as a nutraceutical beverage
Videos and highlights

fireWe have four recent videos up on our YouTube page:

"Fire & Ice Project Overview" is a brief animated introduction to the Fire & Ice project.

"The McKinley Fire: Rebuilding and Lessons Learned" is an overview of the 2019 McKinley Fire, which burned a 10-mile long swath alongside the Parks Highway. The video has been nominated for a Learnie Award.

"Fire & Ice Coastal Margins Research" is a thorough overview of our research on the Gulf of Alaska.

"Dev Space Development Tools" puts a hammer through the wringer to demonstrate some of the capabilities of the Dev Space facility.

Presentations on agency jobs

EPSCoR will host a pair of Zoom presentations for University of Alaska graduate students on the topic of applying for jobs at agencies. The first session, from 9-10 AM on Monday, October 4, will feature Heather Coletti of the National Park Service and Amy Holman of NOAA. The second session, from 9-10 AM on Friday, October 15, will feature Chris Siddon of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Daniel Esler of the USGS.

Email Tara Borland for Zoom login information.

The next EPSCoR: "Glaciers to Gulf"

The Alaska NSF EPSCoR leadership team is starting work on the next EPSCoR Track-1 proposal, which will be due next summer and which would run from 2023-28. We've adopted a general framework focused on coastal margins research and are looking for pre-proposals from researchers interested in working with us.

We recorded a webinar about the proposal and process that is viewable on Zoom(passcode: .@lEkY0U). Also please feel free to reach out to our team: Brenda Konar and Schery Umanzor (UAF), LeeAnn Munk (UAA) and Jason Fellman (UAS).


Faces of STEM

HughesEPSCoR 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. The first interviews are with Liz Dennett, who works for Amazon Web Services; Thomas Hughes, an engineer for the Alaska DOT; and Fairbanks pediatrician Carla Cartagena De Jesus (pictured).

Monthly newsletter

We've been sending out a monthly email called "Fire & Ice Essentials" to individuals involved in the Fire & Ice project. Its main focus is on funding opportunities, and it also includes notes about upcoming conferences and other events, as well as project news and products.

We still plan to continue with biannual newsletters, which will be aimed more at an external audience.

Program brochure

We've printed out a brochure for the Fire & Ice project. Hard copies are available on campus; email Tom Moran to arrange a pickup or dropoff.