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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research


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.  Missouri became eligible to apply for EPSCoR funding in 2012. The program aims to provide strategic opportunities to stimulate sustainable improvements in R&D infrastructure, capacity and competitiveness, and to advance science and engineering capabilities for discovery, innovation and knowledge-based prosperity – capabilities that will benefit Missourians from all regions – urban to rural – and from all economic levels.


Mission of Missouri EPSCoR

To enhance our state’s capacity to model and respond to the effects of climate change on plants and community on a local scale.


Vision of Missouri EPSCoR

To enhance the state’s infrastructure for science and technology, stimulating Missouri’s economy and leading to job creation.


Missouri Transect

The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community is a project of Missouri EPSCoR.  It is a statewide collaborative research effort to understand how climate variability impacts plants and communities in Missouri.  The project’s overall aims are to model and predict:

1)  Short- and long-term trends in temperature and precipitation at the regional and local levels;
2)  The effects of these trends on the productivity of Missouri’s native flora and agricultural crops;
3)  How different stakeholder communities are likely to respond to these changes.

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