ND EPSCoR announces new faculty start up awards


North Dakota EPSCoR announces the award of $415,500 in new faculty start-up monies to UND academic departments.

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced that five academic departments will share in $415,500 designated for new faculty start-up opportunities. These funds are made available to departments on a competitive basis and are designed to enhance the start-up packages offered to prospective research faculty during the hiring process.

Awards, which are of two years duration and begin in August 2007, were made to the College of Nursing; Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences; the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

According to Peter Alfonso, vice president for research at and co-chair of the ND EPSCoR steering committee, “the new faculty start-up awards constitute one of the most important components of the multi-faceted EPSCoR program.” He went on to express appreciation to the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota for their support of research through this innovative program in which North Dakota’s public research universities, UND and NDSU, have been a partner since 1986.

The awards were recently announced by Gary Johnson, co-project director of ND EPSCoR and assistant vice president for research at UND. Johnson added, “The overall goal of ND EPSCoR is to increase the competitiveness of North Dakota for merit-based grants and contracts in support of science and technology research from federal funding agencies. New faculty start-up awards move UND in the right direction towards meeting this objective.”

Funded through federal, state and private sector partnerships, ND EPSCoR manages a comprehensive research development plan that involves infrastructure improvement programs, science outreach and recruitment programs, and technology transfer and commercialization programs.

ND EPSCoR's federal research partners include the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Defense (DOD).
-- Gary Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Research, Division of Research, garyejohnson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-2492