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


Arctic Research Open House

UAF will hold its annual Arctic Research Open House May 19 from 4-7 PM. Over a dozen UAF research groups will have fun interactive booths and events set up across upper campus, parking is free, and there’ll even be ice cream at one of the stops. Be sure to swing by Dev Space and Vis Space on the lower floor of the West Ridge Research Building, where we’re planning to have some fun EPSCoR audiovisual and VR exhibits. See the Facebook event for more information.

Philanthropy Workshop videos

For a limited time, we're sharing videos of the series of workshops we presented in 2020-21 designed to help faculty secure additional research resources through philanthropy. The password for all three videos is PSRS2021, and they'll all be available through the month of May.

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.

Salmon research video

We've just posted a new video entitled "Wildfire and Chinook Salmon." It describes a study led by researcher Erik Schoen of how fire debris flushed into waterways could impact juvenile salmon development.  You can also see an interactive map of the sites described in the video.

SBIR/STTR Funding Workshop

EPSCoR and Alaska Center ICE will co-host a free online workshop on "Alaska Technology Research and Development Funding Support" from noon-3 PM May 19. The event will be led by ICE project and seed fund manager Evelyn Jacome and will focus on federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding.

Topics will include an overview of SBIR/STTR programs; agency selection and opportunities; writing a proposal and budgeting; and research opportunities in Alaska. A representative of the Department of Energy will also speak about DOE funding opportunities. You can register here

Event videos

We have videos available online of several recent events:

 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 BLM Ecologist and Science Coordinator Nikki Grant-Hoffman (pictured); 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.