The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Maine more than $700,000 to host the 27th NSF EPSCoR National Conference in Portland, Maine next year.

The national EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) conference is proposed for November 2021. Its theme, “Translating Stakeholder Needs Into Impactful Research Outcomes,” will engage audiences from different sectors, disciplines and jurisdictions, including state legislators, congressional representatives, federal employees, jurisdictional project directors and administrators, as well as members of EPSCoR state committees, scientists, junior faculty members, and students.

EPSCoR aims to increase research capacity, strengthen STEM education, and advance science and engineering in jurisdictions that have historically received limited funding from NSF. The 27th NSF EPSCoR National Conference will support this overall mission.

“We are very pleased that the University of Maine is hosting this important and very significant event designed to bring together our stakeholders across all 28 jurisdictions,” says Loretta Moore, who serves as the section head of NSF EPSCoR. “The selected theme is important in facilitating our vision of advanced research competitiveness, and this meeting will create tailored opportunities for all participants to engage.” Read more