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Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. Based on the availability of funding, NASA will continue to help jurisdictions achieve these goals through NASA EPSCoR. NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. To achieve this mission, NASA depends upon the private sector, educational institutions, and other non profit organizations for the greater part of its research needs. The NASA EPSCoR program strengthens the research capabilities of jurisdictions that have not had a competitive advantage to participate in aerospace and aerospace-related research activities. EPSCoR provides eligible jurisdictions with funding opportunities to develop a more active research base for their academic and research institutions. Nevada became involved in the NASA EPSCoR program with a planning grant awarded in 1999.

The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace and other NASA related research and development.

The following are the specific objectives of NASA EPSCoR:

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