Current News:


ND EPSCoR Project Administrator Named


Jean Ostrom-Blonigen has joined the NDSU office of ND EPSCoR as project administrator. Ostrom-Blonigen serves in the position previously held by interim co-project director Sheri Anderson, who serves as associate vice president for research development in the NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity. Jean began her position with ND EPSCoR effective October 13th. She can be reached at the campus office of Research One, Suite 142, 231-8400, or be contacted directly at 231-7516 or .


Ostrom-Blonigen brings extensive higher education experience to her new role in ND EPSCoR. She previously served in numerous positions, including chief information technology planning officer for NDSU and for the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, North Dakota; interim assistant vice president for information technology services; director of special projects and internal auditor in the office of the president at NDSU; and several positions in finance and administration, such as business office manager, co- and interim- budget director, director of special projects, and internal auditor. She holds a doctorate degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from NDSU; a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota; and an associate degree in business administration from North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. She is also a certified public accountant.


Upcoming Events:  




ND EPSCoR STATE CONFERENCE - Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - Fargo Holiday Inn (Tentative Agenda and event information available soon)

Tentative Agenda to include: 

Undergraduate-Graduate-Post Doc Poster Session
Keynote Speaker
Panel Discussion-NSF Track-1 Research Clusters




Previous Events:


ND EPSCoR Cyberconnectivity 2 (C-2) Virtual Videoconference - Friday, December 5th, beginning at 9 a.m.

"Collaborative Research Investments for ND: Utilizing Our C-2 Investments"


Videoconference presentation segments and slide shows


Dr. Dean Webster, CSMA lead and Chair, Coatings and Polymeric Materials:   

Dr. Frank Bowman, CRCS team member and Associate Chair and Associate Professor Chemical Engineering, UND: 


Interactive Video Network Sites for interested participants:

Dr. Frank Bowman, CRCS Team member and Associate Chair and Associate Professor Chemical Engineering, UND and

TMCC Admin 209


CCCC Rm 113

UND Abbott 119



ND EPSCoR NSF Track 1 Strategic Planning Meeting

October 20-21, 2014

North Dakota State University, Fargo

Research 1 Building – Room 148/154


Representatives from NSF, the Track 1 program areas, steering committee members, and the external evaluator will be meeting to further refine the proposed program goals and metrics for the required strategic plan for the new Track 1 award.




ND EPSCoR/IDeA 2014 State Conference - April 29th, 2014

Alerus Center - 1200 42nd Street South - Grand Forks - 7:30 a.m.- 4:20 p.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Stan Atcitty, Sandia National Laboratory "From the Rez to World-Class Research"


Proposal Writing Workshop - April 15, 2014

UND Gamble Hall (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)

No Fee—Registration Required—Lunch provided at UND site   

Workshop also available via IVN at
-NDSU campus at EML 170-171 Lunch provided to registered participants

-MSU campus

Workshop led by The Implementation Group (TIG), a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. with expertise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) proposal development, and research infrastructure development planning. Faculty at all stages of their careers are welcome.

Topics: 2014-15 Federal landscape, CAREER Program Developing, Large-scale, Multi-investigator Proposals, Proposal Assistance



Workshop on How to Write Center-Type Proposals - October 7, 2013

NDSU Memorial Union (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. )
No Fee—Registration Required—Lunch provided.

Workshop also available via IVN at
UND campus

Workshop led by The implementation Group (TIG), a consulting firm in Washington, DC, with expertise in

proposal development, and research infrastructure development planning.

Topics: Best Practices for developing center-type proposals, including:
How to form a research team; Proposal organization planning; Integrating research activities; Budget development.


Presentations: Dr. Joseph Danek
                            Dr. Gregory Salamo

                            Dr. McCourt




National Science Foundation - Where Discoveries Begin

SciMessWkshop 2013

"Science: Becoming the Messenger"

an NSF/EPSCoR Communicating Research Workshop

June 26-27, 2013

Hilton Garden Inn - 4351 17th Ave S, Fargo

NSF Information Site
Dan Agan, President of Panthera Group LLC, a marketing, communications and media consultancy.
Chris Mooney, Bestselling science journalist and commentator, host of the Point of Inquiry podcasts, and author three books, including Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future.
Joe Schreiber, President of Mattmar Productions, and help launch and produce NBC’s George Michael Sports Machine


ND EPSCoR Cyberconnectivity2 Conference - April 19, 2013

Accelerating Research Discovery and Education Through Advanced Networking Technologies

IVN sites:
North Dakota State University: IACC 206E
University of North Dakota: Abbott 119
Cankdeska Cikana Community College: Rm 114
Fort Berthold Community College: IVN 142
Sitting Bull College: Rm 114
Turtle Mountain Community College: Admin 209
United Tribes Technical College: Skills Center 112

ND EPSCoR 2012 State Conference

September 18th - Alerus Center, Grand Forks


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Naomi Oreskes, American Science Historian and Professor of History and Science Studies, University of California San Diego on "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change: Where do we go from here?"

Featured Speaker: Dr. Anne-Marie Mazza on "The Intersection of Science and Law with Public Policy".


ND-SD 2011 Joint EPSCoR Conference

October 4, 2011 - NDSU Memorial Union, Fargo


Keynote Speaker: Julie Arslanoglu, Department of Scientific Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art on "What Lies Beneath? Understanding Art Using Science" 


Dr. Jeanne Small, Program Director, NSF EPSCoR

Dr. Peter Johnson, National Program Leader, USDA (pdf)


2011 Cyberinfrastructure Conference


ND EPSCoR 2010 State Conference

September 29, 2010 -Alerus Center, Grand Forks

AGENDA  (pdf)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Willey on "The Systems of Ecology of Rehabilitating Gulf Coast Ecosystems"

EPSCoR IDeA Coalition

February 2010

USDA Grant Proposal Opportunities Presentation

Senator Byron Dorgan receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coalition of EPSCoR/IDeA states as he addressed the Coalition on March 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.

21st EPSCoR National Conference

October 19-21, 2009 at Washington, DC

ND Speakers:

Phil Boudjouk (pdf)

Carol Davis (pdf)

ND EPSCoR 2009 State Conference

September 24th, at NDSU, Fargo

Research Groups in Focus-Displaying Dynamic Discoveries


Featured Speaker: Dr. Alice Parker on "Synthetic Brains"