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.

Nuiqsut photo book

A group of researchers traveled to the village of Nuiqsut in August with EPSCoR support to document the community and landscape changes. One of the results is a lovely photo book, "Nuiqsut on the Colville: Land of Sky, Tundra and Water."

Modern Blanket Toss featured in Rotor Drone

Alaska EPSCoR's "Modern Blanket Toss" outreach project is the subject of a recent article in Rotor Drone magazine. The three-year project has used unmanned aerial vehicles as learning and engagement tools for rural high school students in Alaska's Upward Bound program.

Annual Meeting presentations

PDFs of all presentations given at this year's Alaska EPSCoR Annual Meeting are now available.

Fall newsletter published

Alaska EPSCoR's fall 2016 newsletter is now available! This edition centers on work done by our Coordination, Integration and Synthesis Group. You can also read it on Issuu.

Letter from the PI

Alaska EPSCoR Principal Investigator Anupma Prakash has penned a November letter to EPSCoR faculty, staff and students, discussing our annual meeting, Track-2 and Track-4 funding, and NSF EPSCoR co-funding.

Salmon 2050 website

The Southcentral Test Case has launched a web site for their “Salmon 2050” project, which has used a stakeholder-driven process of scenario planning to ask better questions about the future of salmon in the Kenai. The site centers around five “scenario narratives” that imagine different futures for the Kenai River watershed, and includes details on all of the narratives as well as summaries of Salmon 2050 workshops and other resources like maps, data sheets, environmental change “slider” images, and even videos. It’s comprehensive and well worth a look. The videos are also accessible on YouTube.

New EPSCoR videos and PDFs

    Still from video about SalmonSim visualization

Alaska EPSCoR's YouTube site includes links to multiple new videos about EPSCoR efforts. First is GoPro footage related to educational research being done by EPSCoR grantee Carie Green. Next are three videos about the Augmented-Reality Sandbox produced by the National Weather Service. We also have six educational videos made using EPSCoR's SalmonSim visualization program, a video demo of an agent-based model of a salmon fishery produced by EPSCoR's CIS Group, and a beautifully shot vignette about Arctic subsistence by Data-to-Decisions grantee Olivia Lee.

We also have a number of new PDFs up on our Highlights page, including ones on the Arctic Adaptation Exchange Portal; EPSCoR-supported graduate student Tracie Curry; the Model Arctic Council; EPSCoR agent-based modeling efforts; a study of the relationship between perceived and instrumented environmental change (P-delta-I); building visualizations; the 2016 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference; and the 2016 awards of research seed grants and Alaska Native Engagement Grants.


"From Icefield to Ocean" poster

The Southeast Test Case's award-winning "From Icefield to Ocean" poster is now available on this site. The test case has provided the poster to tour guides throughout Juneau for use as an educational tool. It's also the centerpiece of the "From Icefield to Ocean" pamphlet that is also being provided to tour guides and provides a good overview of the test case's mission. The pamphlet is also available on Issuu.


Program highlights


"Track-2" and "Track-4" solicitations

The National Science Foundation EPSCoR program has announced two lines of funding for research projects.

"Track-2" awards of up to $6 million over up to four years (see solicitation) will fund research projects undertaken by teams from two or more of the 28 EPSCoR jurisdictions. Projects must address the topic of "Genomes to Phenomes." Letters of Intent are due January 10, 2017 and full proposals are due February 10, 2017. The NSF has provided a PDF of a powerpoint about the proposals.

"Track-4" awards fund fellowships of up to $300,000 over up to two years (see solicitation) for non-tenured faculty. The fellowships fund extended collaborative visits to private, governmental, or university research centers across the country. Proposals are due February 28, 2017. NSF will host informational webinars about the awards on November 29 and 30.

NSF I-Corps

If you've gotten funding from EPSCoR (or another NSF project) and want to commercialize the results, NSF wants to help. Their "I-Corps Teams" program provides mentoring and funding (up to $50k) to help researchers to accelerate technology transfer and explore ways to turn research outcomes into research income.
NSF will be holding a webinar about I-Corps funding at 10 AM on Tuesday, December 6. We'll also be live-streaming it from Room 210 WRRB. Click here for more information about the program and application process as well as webinar instructions. 

NSF EPSCoR co-funding

NSF EPSCoR provides co-funding to other NSF departments so they can more broadly fund worthy research projects in EPSCoR jurisdictions. As of November 2016, NSF EPSCoR is currently co-funding 10 awards in Alaska for a total of $6.7 million, including:

  • $707,981 for Control of Boreal Forest Soil Decomposition Processes by Plant Secondary Compounds. Principal Investigator Mary Beth Leigh, co-PIs Andres Soria and Fenton Heirtzler, UAF.
  • $532,170 for A Comparative Study of the Medical Ethnobotany of the Chukchi and Naukan Yupik of Siberia and the Central Alaskan Yup'ik. Principal Investigator Kevin Jernigan, UAF-Kuskokwim Campus.
  • $214,786 for Collaborative Research: Using Field Experiments to Understand Household Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Alaska. Principal Investigator Antony Scott, UAF.
  • $502,465 for Unraveling the Controls of Inorganic Carbon Dynamics in the Gulf of Alaska with a Regional Three-Dimensional Biogeochemical Model. Principal Investigator Claudine Hauri, Co-PIs Katherine Hedstrom and Seth Danielson, UAF.
  • $499,848 for Factors Related to Teacher Retention in Arctic Alaska, an Integral Part of the Circumpolar North. Principal Investigator Ute Kaden, Co-PIs Joanne Healy, Barbara Adams, and Beth Leonard, UAF.
  • $323,278 for HF Backscatter from the Polar and Auroral E-Region Ionosphere: Origin, Conjugacy, and Electric Field Control. Principal Investigator Roman Makarevich, UAF.
  • $2,482,859 for NUNAPUT Stewardship through Science: Honoring Place in a Changing World. Principal Investigator Deborah McLean; Co-PIs Tomas Marsik and Todd Radenbaugh, UAF-Bristol Bay Campus.
  • $1,222,382 for Collaborative Research: Project STEAM: Integrating Art with Science to Build Science Identities among Girls. Principal Investigator Laura Conner, Co-PIs Mareca Guthrie and Stephen Pompea, UAF.
  • $75,747 for Collaborative Research: Dynamics of the Southern Rocky Mountains from Cross-Term Estimates of the Seismic Green Tensor. Principal Investigator Joshua Stachnik, UAF.
  • $139,017 for Impacts of Polyandry and Mate Limitation on Female Fecundity and the Population Dynamics of the Aspen Leaf Miner. Principal Investigator Patricia Doak, Co-PI Diane Wagner, UAF.

New Test Case Publications

Researchers with EPSCoR's Southcentral Test Case and CIS Group recently published an overview of their integrative science efforts in the journal Sustainability Science. SCTC Researcher Jess Grunblatt was lead author on another Sustainability Science article, entitled "Role of perception in determining adaptive capacity: communities adapting to environmental change."

A large chunk of the Southcentral Test Case's stakeholder research methodology has been summarized in a new article by researcher Meagan Krupa, entitled "Who's who in the Kenai River Fishery SES: A streamlined method for stakeholder identification and investment analysis." The article is in the September edition of Marine Policy magazine.

Also, Northern Test Case lead Gary Kofinas has published a mammoth report on sharing networks in Alaska Native villages entitled "Subsistence Sharing Networks and Cooperation: Kaktovik, Wainwright, and Venetie, Alaska" that directly ties to EPSCoR research.



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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