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Dr. Lin Li and Ms. Sharniece Holland
Dr. Majid Beidaghi and PhD student Mr. Armin VahidMohammadi
Dr. Vinu Unnikrishnan and Mr. Sushan Nakarmi

Welcome to the Alabama NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

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 Alabama NASA EPSCoR is to provide funding to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.

EPSCoR Objectives are:

  • Contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure 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 between NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry.
  • Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction.
  • Work in close coordination with universities to improve the environment for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the jurisdiction.


The Alabama Space Grant Consortium was formed in 1989 when NASA implemented the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. It is a voluntary association of all seven Research Universities in the state along with other community colleges, educational outreach, industrial and government.