EPSCoR program funding is offered by six federal agencies. South Carolina is eligible for support through four of those federal agencies.
The mission of National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) is to advance excellence in science and engineering research and education in order to achieve sustainable increases in research, education, and training capacity and competitiveness that will enable EPSCoR jurisdictions to have increased engagement in areas supported by the NSF. The National Science Foundation supports EPSCoR projects within South Carolina through the Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant program and Co-Funding.
The Department of Energy Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) utilizes two funding mechanisms, Implementation Grants and National Laboratory Partnerships. These two methods help encourage infrastructure improvement in eligible states by promoting sustainable and nationally competitive energy-related research. These grants also promote collaboration and networking among scientists at DOE national laboratories and researchers at institutions within the state.
Specific research areas of interest include but are not limited to: materials science and engineering, chemical science, biological and environmental science, geosciences, high energy and nuclear physics, fusion energy science, advance computer science, fossil energy science, energy efficiency and renewable energy science, climate change, genomics, life sciences, defense programs, and science education.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NASA EPSCoR) was established to promote improvement in infrastructure within South Carolina by increasing access, understanding, development, and utilization of resources within NASA's four main mission directorates: Aeronautics research, Human Exploration and Development of Space, Mission to Planet Earth, and Space Science.
In South Carolina, the goals of NASA EPSCoR are carried out by the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium which is made up of 13 higher-education institutions. The consortium strives to provide NASA and South Carolina with a better and more scientifically focused workforce, adding to the state's economic prosperity.