The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state's or region's research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness.

The goal of Delaware's NASA EPSCoR program is to provide seed funding to develop academic research enterprises directed toward long-term, nationally-competitive capabilities in areas of science and technology related to NASA's broad interests, including space, aeronautics, astrophysics, and engineering.   These capabilities are also meant to contribute to Delaware's economic viability. 

NASA EPSCoR objectives are to:

  • Contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure in EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission.
  • Improve the capabilities of the jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program.
  • Develop partnerships between NASA research assets, industry, and EPSCoR jurisdictions' academic institutions.
  • Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction.

The three main components of EPSCoR are:

  • EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development awards, or RID. This component enables jurisdictions to build and strengthen relationships with NASA researchers. The RID has a three-year base period of performance with a potential one-year no cost extension. Awards are $125,000 per year. NASA intends to announce the RID opportunity every three to five years, pending funding availability.
  • EPSCoR Research Awards solicits topic-specific proposals addressing high-priority NASA research and technology development needs. Awards are up to $750,000 for a three-year performance period. NASA intends to announce the EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice, or CAN, for Research Awards yearly, pending funding availability.
  • EPSCoR International Space Station, or ISS, Flight Opportunity Awards.  Awards are up to $100,000 for a three-year performance period.  NASA intends to announce the EPSCoR CAN for ISS Flight Opportunity Awards yearly, pending funding availability.