The NSF EPSCoR Regional Outreach: All About Research Center Programs (AARCP) meeting was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602. 

This event was attended by up to five NSF Center Program Officers and two to three Center Directors who will provide extensive information about the various Centers sponsored by the NSF.  The event will also feature breakout sessions where attendees can ask questions about Centers and speak with the attending Program Officers and Center Directors.


The registration fee is $75 and it covers participation in the meeting, reception on April 1, and continental breakfast and coffee breaks on April 2. To register for the AARCP Meeting, click here

 Please note that registration is a two-step process:

  1. Create a profile with the University of Alabama in Huntsville (click the “Register/Sign In Now” button at the bottom right.
  2. Once you have created a profile, you will be prompted to add the conference to your cart. Click "Add to Cart" and proceed with payment.

Online registration will remain open until the day of the meeting. No refund will be processed after March 26, 2019.


Lodging arrangements have been made at Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602. The deadline to make reservations at the negotiated rate was March 1, 2019. After this date, please make reservations using the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel website.

Meeting Documents

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentations

Welcome and Discussion of Meeting Format, Vohra

Alignment of EPSCoR and NSF Centers, by Loretta Moore, EPSCoR Section Head

Overview of Physics Frontiers Centers (PFCs), by Kathy McCloud, Program Director

Overview of Science and Technology Centers (STCs), by Dragana Brzakovic, Program Director 

How to run an STC, by David Randall, Director of CMMAP 

Overview of Engineering Research Centers (ERCs), Deborah Jackson, Program Director 

How to run an ERC, David Bishop, Director of CELL-MET

Overview of Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs), Daniele Finotello, Program Director

Overview of Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs), Balan, Program Director


Contact Information

Dana Waller 

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