EPSCoR represents a federal-state partnership to enhance the science and engineering research, education, and technology capabilities of states that traditionally have received smaller amounts of federal R&D funds. Through EPSCoR, participating states are building a high-quality, academic research base that is serving as a backbone of scientific and technological (S&T) enterprise consistent with S&T strategic plans and technology platforms, including:
• 5-Year Strategic Research Plan for Higher Education (2011-2016),
• Strategic Research Plan for Idaho Higher Education (2016-2020), and
• Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Statewide Strategic Plan (2014-2018).
EPSCoR currently is led by a State Committee composed of 16 members with diverse professional backgrounds from both the public and private sectors and from all regions of the state. The EPSCoR Committee reports to the Idaho State Board of Education and receives matching funds via the Higher Education Research Council (HERC). The Idaho EPSCoR office and the State of Idaho EPSCoR Project Director are located at the University of Idaho, and partner institutions are Boise State University and Idaho State University.