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The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote scientific progress nationwide. This program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Twenty-eight jurisdictions, including twenty-five states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming), the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territories of Guam and the U. S. Virgin Islands are currently eligible to participate in the Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, R&D capacity, and hence, its national R&D competitiveness.
Wyoming EPSCoR competes with other jurisdictions to secure Track-1 and Track-2 RII awards for the state of Wyoming. RII Track-1 awards provide up to $4 million per year for up to 5 years, and RII Track-2 awards provide up to $2 million per year for up to 3 years. Award proposals are vetted and selected by Wyoming EPSCoR's steering committee before being submitted to NSF for final consideration. Wyoming EPSCoR currently has active Track-1 and Track-2 awards.
The State of Wyoming is engaging in long-term strategic planning to guide science, technology and workforce development in the state. The process was initiated through the office of former Governor Dave Freudenthal, under the direction of Mr. Rob Hurless, Energy and Telecommunications Advisor to the Governor in cooperation with the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of Wyoming. Participants include representatives from the state, business, education, research and public sectors. The outcome of the strategic planning process is development of a dynamic and relevant Wyoming Science and Technology Plan that will guide the state government research and development, and business efforts over the coming decades. It will be used by the Wyoming Business Council, the University of Wyoming, Wyoming EPSCoR and other entities as they undertake science and technology development in Wyoming. In order for a strategic plan to be successful it must be flexible and adaptable over time to capitalize on unforeseen future opportunities and allow for shifts in focus as appropriate to implement identified strategies. In other words, the plan undergoes continuous and regular revision.
The first step of the process is to develop a clearly articulated vision for Wyoming's Science and Technology (S&T) future that produces a strong, diversified economy and educated workforce. The second step is to generate a plan to implement the vision. This plan will:
define the current state economic indicators within the context of national and global economies;
plan for the continued advances in energy and the extractive industry technologies, which have been a hallmark of Wyoming innovation over the last decades;
increase connectivity to position the state as a major center for science, technology, natural resource management and communication in the region;
provide mechanisms for broadening and diversifying the science and technology base in the state; and
prepare for educated workforce to meet these goals.
Wyoming is the least populated state, and with about 533,000 residents spread across nearly 100,000 square miles it is also the second least densely populated state (following Alaska). Wyoming is geographically diverse and includes high mountains, broad valleys, Great Plains, and arid basins. Positioned on the Continental Divide, Wyoming serves as the headwaters for four major U.S. river basins including the Missouri-Mississippi River Basin, which drains approximately 72% of the landmass in Wyoming. Two major tributaries of the Missouri, including the Platte and Yellowstone rivers have headwaters in Wyoming. Three other major river basins served by Wyoming include the Green-Colorado, the Snake-Columbia, and the Great Salt Lake.
Benson, Jon WY Technology Bus. Cntr CEO, WTBC
Gern, William, Chair University of Wyoming VP for Res.& Econ. Development
Hagen, Maura Nat’l Center Atmo. Research Deputy Director, NCAR
Hill, Mary Kay Office of the Governor Education Policy Advisor to the Governor
Hurless, Rob Office of the Governor Energy Policy Advisor to the Governor
Jenson, Bob WY Business Council CEO, WBC
Rose, Jim WY Comm. Coll. Commission Executive Director
TBD Wind River Tribal College
TBD Private Sector