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Dartmouth to Participate in New Hampshire-Wide Grant from the National Science Foundation

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/18/07 • Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth will benefit from a $6.67 million grant to the State of New Hampshire from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, from NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), will support research infrastructure improvement at several sites around the state.

"We're delighted to be part of New Hampshire's EPSCoR program," said Martin Wybourne, vice provost for research at Dartmouth. "The improved facilities supported by this award coupled with the ease of collaboration among the partners around the state provide many opportunities for our faculty and students."

Members of the N.H. EPSCoR Statewide Committee: from left, Jenny Houston, vice president of business development, Warwick Mills, New Ipswich; Katharine Eneguess, president of N.H. Community College-Berlin; John Aber, chair of the Statewide Committee; N.H. Gov. John Lynch; Martin Wybourne, vice provost for research, Dartmouth College; Robert Dalton, EPSCoR State Director; Mary Collins, director, N.H. Small Business Development Center; Rep. John Thomas; Michael Vlacich, NH Director of Economic Development, and Robert Gyurik, vice president for innovation, Bentley Pharmaceuticals, Exeter. (Courtesy N.H. EPSCoR)

The grant, entitled "Enabling Technologies for Scientific Innovation through Sensor Development," will be used to buy instruments and create testing facilities at the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College to support research in nanotechnology, space satellite systems, and atmospheric and aquatic environments. In addition, a portion of the grant will augment state support for the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, which underwrites research collaborations with universities and colleges to benefit companies. Outreach activities will be offered to students and faculty throughout the state, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Community College at Berlin.

"This grant is another step in our efforts to make New Hampshire a place of innovation, where we are creating the jobs of tomorrow today," Governor John Lynch said in a statement. "It will allow our institutions, our companies and our state to foster innovation which will further strengthen our economic future here in New Hampshire."

EPSCoR's goal is to maximize science and technology resources through partnerships among universities, industries, state government, and federal funding agencies to advance economic growth. EPSCoR status is awarded to states that traditionally have received lower levels of federal research funding.

New Hampshire has been an EPSCoR state since 2004. Since 2005, more than $12.46 million in EPSCoR grants have been awarded to UNH, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University, the NH Community College-Berlin, Colby-Sawyer College, the NH Innovation Research Center and three small companies. These grants have been awarded by the National Science Foundation ($8.1 million), the Department of Energy ($1.76 million), the Department of Defense ($1.45 million) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ($1.15 million). The New Hampshire EPSCoR program is administered by the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization at UNH and a 14-member statewide committee composed of representatives from business, government and academia.

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