Vermont EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) has
been supporting research at Vermont's colleges and universities with funds from the
National Science Foundation and local sources since 1986. The impact of the EPSCoR
program also includes the private sector – particularly small, technology-based
Vermont EPSCoR will once again provide the opportunity for Vermont small
businesses to compete for grants to foster research and development projects which will
lead to application to federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs.
The following features in this solicitation should be noted:
- The main goal of the Vermont ESPCoR Phase (0) solicitation is to identify
proposals that show promise for success in federal SBIR competitions and that
would benefit from financial support and reviewer comments. As such, each
proposal should identify at least one federal SBIR program to which the work is
- Business must be registered in Vermont
- One award will also be made in areas of interest to NASA using NASA-EPSCoR
funds. To show that an area is of interest to NASA, the PI should identify their
proposed project with a new or continuing NASA research priority or technology
need. This can be done by reference to a URL on a NASA website or by including
an email of support from a NASA contact. The project has to include a full-time
faculty researcher at a Vermont college or university as a collaborator. Only NASA
projects carry this requirement.
- The maximum amount of each grant is $15,000.
- Multiple year Vermont EPSCoR Innovation Fund (IF) or Phase (0) awardees
must take a 1 year break from submission after their third consecutive successful
- Awards contingent upon NSF funding for Vermont EPSCoR.
- Funding may not be used to support Masters Students’ salaries.