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EPSCoR Program

The  Alabama   Experimental   Program   to  Stimulate   Competitive   Research   (ALEPSCoR)   Research   Infrastructure Improvement  (RII) award from the National  Science  Foundation  (NSF) (2008-2013  performance  period) has created an  integrated,   statewide   partnership   among  multiple academic institutions,   including:   Alabama   A&M  University (AAMU),  Auburn  University  (AU), Tuskegee  University  (TU),  the  University  of  Alabama  (UA),  the University  of Alabama  at Birmingham  (UAB), the University  of Alabama  in Huntsville  (UAH), and the University  of South Alabama (USA).

ALEPSCoR-RII-3 aims to enhance research capacity and competitiveness in the emerging, interdisciplinary area of nano/bioscience and sensors. This focus was developed via statewide efforts over the past several years aimed at identifying strengths and opportunities in Alabama that could be best built upon to enhance research capacity and competitiveness.

Mission of the Alabama EPSCoR  RII-3 is to establish  a multi-campus  nano/bio  science  and sensor  research  and education infrastructure for the State of Alabama that will allow researchers and research centers to be nationally competitive and ultimately self-sustainable.

The Alabama EPSCoR RII-3 Vision is to enable internationally-competitive nano/bio research and contribute significantly to science and technology-related education, outreach, and economic development  in Alabama.

In order to achieve the vision, a set of coordinated research and education  activities, and capacity-building strategies are conducted by four interrelated, multi-institutional thrust areas coupled to cross-cutting outreach initiatives. Tuskegee faculty members are involved in two of these thrusts.

Program Overview

Alabama EPSCoR Research Infrastructure  Improvement  (RII) program, under the guidance of EPSCoR Steering Committee (the governing board of ALEPSCoR) is united under the common research theme of Integrated Nano-BioScience/Biosensors (NBS). The program is anchored through four integrated thrusts with goals focused on discovery and technological  innovation in complementary fields that include: nano-molecular and bioenvironmental science; nanomaterials  and composites;  nanofabrication; and optical sensing. These thrusts are further integrated through the overarching  Alabama Educational Outreach Initiative (AEOI), which serves to engage students, teachers and scientists at all levels, statewide, in related STEM activities and research experiences.  From innovation to application, no single thrust can address all of the goals of the Alabama program. Therefore, through complementary and collaborative  efforts, the current ALEPSCoR Research Infrastructure  Improvement  (RII) effort functions with one synergistic purpose: to create, explore and develop new ideas, tools and integrated nano-/biotechnologies and materials; understand the challenges and opportunities  associated with and risks attendant to the application of such technologies  in living systems; and to promote development  of Alabama as an interdisciplinary innovation incubator and economic engine that can produce and attract the next generation of nano-/bioscientists and engineers.

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