Welcome to Alaska EPSCoR

Alaska EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. The organization is engaged in a five-year project entitled "Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments," which examines the mechanisms by which communities adapt to environmental and social change. For more information please visit our Program Structure section or see the project's Strategic Plan, Midcourse Report or newsletters. Alaska EPSCoR also administers "The Modern Blanket Toss," a three-year educational project to excite high school students about science through experiments with unmanned aerial vehicles.

Alaska Native Engagement Grants

Deadline is March 11

Alaska NSF EPSCoR will be awarding two grants of up to $20,000 each to UA faculty, staff, students or affiliates with proposals to actively partner with and engage Alaska’s Native populations, communities, and organizations within the goals of the Alaska EPSCoR program. Proposals are due March 11 and the award period runs from May 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017. Click here for more information and an application.

EPSCoR soliciting seed grant proposals

Deadline is February 26

Alaska EPSCoR will award a series of seed grants of up to $30,000 to early- and mid-career, full-time University of Alaska faculty members to carry out new and innovative research projects that support the program’s goals.

Projects should address themes relevant to the current Alaska NSF EPSCoR program, which is to enhance Alaska’s research capacity in social-ecological systems science and to provide the state’s communities with tools and information to respond to changing environments. Projects that strive to increase diversity in STEM engagement will be given priority over other, equally ranked proposals.Successful seed grants will directly support the work of one of the ACE project components, and PIs are strongly encouraged to talk with the appropriate component leader to ensure that their proposed research fits within the goals of a specific component.

Faculty members who have not previously received EPSCoR funding and wish to collaborate are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is midnight AKDT Friday, February 26, 2016. EPSCoR plans to fund up to eight proposals, with an expected award period of April 1 – December 31, 2016. For more information, please contact Anupma Prakash at aprakash@alaska.edu.

2016 WAISC abstracts due

Abstracts for the 2016 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference are due by January 31 to Tara Borland.

The conference will take place March 9-12 in Dillingham, Alaska. This year's theme is "Adaptation: Tides of Change." Registration is available online.

Also, Alaska EPSCoR is pleased to announce it will fund travel to the conference for six individuals, all affiliated with UAF:

  • Natural Resources and Extension graduate student John Krapek
  • Economics graduate student Barbara Johnson
  • Northern Engineering/Museum of the North staff Sarah Betcher
  • Fisheries and Ocean Sciences/Arctic Biology graduate student Morgan Sparks
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Michael Winfree
  • Fisheries graduate student Kristin Brown

"Data to Decisions" presentations now available online

Jen Christiansen

A number of the powerpoints from the November "Data to Decisions" visualization workshop are now available on this site. We've also got the slideshow and accompanying audio of keynote presenter Jen Christiansen from Scientific American magazine.

Get involved in Arctic Science Summit Week

From March 9-20, 2016 UAF will be abuzz  with activity due to the Arctic Science Summit Week, the Arctic Observing Summit, the Model Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials Meeting, the Model Arctic Council, and numerous related meetings and events. Registration for the week is now open. Organizers are looking for UAF faculty, staff and students who want to get involved with this exciting opportunity to connect with scientists and policymakers from around the world.

Program highlights



Spring travel award competition

Deadline is February 14

Alaska EPSCoR will distribute at least 5 travel awards of up to $2,000 each to University of Alaska-affiliated graduate students and early-career faculty (non-tenured faculty hired since July 1, 2012). Funds are for domestic travel between April 15-July 31. To be considered for funding, please complete the application by midnight AKDT February 14, 2016. Decisions for funding will be communicated by March 15, 2016.

Conference on Island Sustainability accepting submissions

Submissions of posters, panel discussions, workshops and case studies are invited for the 7th Regional Conference on Island Sustainability, which will take place April 11-15, 2016 at the Lotte Resort in Guam. The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Guam are co-hosting the event, which focuses on dispersed and disconnected "islands" within the two universities' regions. Conference topics include sustainable environments; energy; climate change; sustainable land use and regional management; technical innovations for sustainable production and consumption; and leadership for sustainable development. Deadline for submissions is 11 pm Thursday March 3 (Alaska time).

Social Science and Humanities session at Arctic Science Summit Week

There will be a special session at Arctic Science Summit Week 2016, entitled "Reframing Understandings of the North: Placing Social Sciences and Humanities at the Center of Interdisciplinary Arctic Research." The one-day event is aimed at bringing together Arctic social science and humanities researchers and scholars and Arctic natural sciences researchers to discuss ways to reframe Arctic research in ways that place the social sciences and humanities alongside the natural sciences.
The event will take place March 14 and is free and open to all registered paricipants of Science Summit Week. Organizers are looking for panelists for panel discussions, facilitators for breakout groups, and presenters for an afternoon poster session and reception. You can apply online and click here for more information, and email Diane Hirshberg with any further questions.

New EPSCoR videos and PDFs online

Still from Northern Test Case video

EPSCoR partially funded a new video, "Conversations about Environmental Change in Southeast Alaska," documenting local observations of change in six Southeast communities.

In addition, we've put new videos up on our YouTube site:

We've also just posted six new PDF's detailing Alaska EPSCoR outreach efforts on our Highlights page, including iteams on our EOD component, Adventure Learning workshop, Nuiqsut MapTEACH program, Southeast Test Case stakeholder workshop, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve Discovery Days,and Interior Alaska Hackathon. 

Sandbox curricula now available

Alaska EPSCoR has completed work on educational curricula to be used in conjunction with the augmented-reality sandbox. The educational offerings include a lesson on water and two lessons on topography, and are all available upon request.

For more information

For more information on Alaska NSF EPSCoR, please see the below documents:

The Strategic Plan outlines Alaska EPSCoR's goals and methods for its current research project, which runs from 2012-17.

The Midcourse Report highlights the accomplishments and impacts of the first three years of the current research project.

The Alaska Science and Technology Plan, which prioritizes the state's S&T activities, was crafted with extensive EPSCoR input. The plan was written by the Alaska State Committee for Research, a panel of academic, political and business leaders charged with overseeing EPSCoR and advising on the state's research enterprise.

EPSCoR acknowledgement and logos

By our grant terms, any person receiving benefit from Alaska EPSCoR must acknowledge it in any publications, presentations, websites, newsletters, dissertations, theses, etc.

Please use the following language: "Acknowledgement to (or "Support from") Alaska EPSCoR NSF award #OIA-1208927 and the state of Alaska."

EPSCoR logos for use in posters and other presentations are available here as EPS, JPEG and TIFF files.

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