Today, we'll delve into the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
As the Kansas NSF EPSCoR page relates:
Kansas is one of twenty-two states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands currently participating in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of federal R&D funding….NSF establishes partnerships with leaders of state government, higher education and industry to effect lasting improvements in a state’s research infrastructure and its national R&D competitiveness.
EPSCoR’s goal…is to identify, develop, and utilize a state’s academic science and technology resources in a way that will support wealth creation and a more productive and fulfilling way of life for its citizens. To achieve this end, the NSF cooperates with state leaders in government, higher education, and business to establish productive long-term partnerships in support of common goals. These partnerships are designed to stimulate local action that will result in lasting improvements to the state's academic research infrastructure and increased national R&D competitiveness. (NSF 02-027)