Coalition Overview

The EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition (EIC) is a national, non–profit organization aimed at promoting the importance of a vibrant science and technology enterprise, primarily though improving the university research infrastructure and competitiveness of states that historically have received smaller amounts of federal research and development funding.

Created in 1988, the EIC works with Congress and the Executive Branch agencies that participate in the federally–sponsored Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) programs. EPSCoR/IDeA are merit–based programs aimed at enhancing the science and engineering research and technology capabilities of states that have not been as competitive in obtaining research and development funding. The National Science Foundation created the first EPSCoR program in 1979 in response to congressional concerns about the geographic concentration of federal funding for academic research and development. Today, EPSCoR, EPSCoR–like, and IDeA programs operate in five federal agencies.

The EPSCoR/IDeA Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors with day-to-day operation carried out by dedicated staff. Dr. Chris Lawson, Professor, Department of Physics, Executive Director of Alabama EPSCoR (ALEPSCoR), Director, Alabama EPSCoR Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP), currently serves as interim Chairman of the Board.


• The EIC is dedicated to increasing awareness of groundbreaking research initiative and federal research and development funding for eligible EPSCoR and IDeA states by:

• Ensuring that federal funding is available to support significant research infrastructure and opportunities associated with the EPSCoR and IDeA programs at the National Science Foundation, Departments of Energy and Agriculture, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health. 

• Working with Capitol Hill to ensure that EPSCoR/IDeA programs are carried …out competitive scientific and engineering research and education, and to institutionalize gains.

• Serving as an information clearinghouse on the accomplishments and progress of projects and activities of importance to the EPSCoR states.

• Developing relationships among EPSCoR and IDeA participants, the private sector, government, the national scientific community, and other universities to develop systemic approaches to science and technology improvements in the states

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