Hawai‘i Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Building state-wide research capacity for Hawai‘iʻs economic and workforce development

Hawaiʻi EPSCoRʻs ʻIke Wai project was featured at this yearʻs American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting.

Learn more about research on Hawaiʻiʻs freshwater.


Hawai‘i Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a statewide program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and administered by University of Hawai‘i System. Hawai‘i EPSCoR builds state-wide research capacity for economic and workforce development.

Hawai‘i has been an EPSCoR jurisdiction since 2000 with four total Track-1 awards, one current Track-2, five Track-4, and other awards totaling more than $68.6 million in EPSCoR funding. In total, these awards have supported the recruitment of 23 faculty and generated 594 publications. EPSCoR supported faculty have won 171 NSF awards totaling $92.4 million. EPSCoR has been a catalyst driving research competitiveness, education and workforce and inclusion in Hawaii for 21 years.

The mission of Hawaii’s EPSCoR is to build the state’s capacity to conduct scientific research while cultivating a diverse, well-qualified science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce.

Data collected from the current EPSCoR Track-1 ‘Ike Wai project related to new hydrological and geophysical data is available to develop actionable and informative models of two of Hawaiʻi’s important aquifers, their water flow and transport processes.

Publicly available datasets collected by the project and annual reports are available to review and download.


Hawai‘i EPSCoR investments allow response to emerging needs such as those outlined in the Hawai‘i State Science and Technology Plan 2020-2025 that harness the data revolution and are central to every aspect of Hawai‘i’s future development. 

This vision has three elements:

  • a data-driven state, where decision support based on data is available to all stakeholders;
  • a data-rich state where data are collected and analyzed, equitably, inclusively and with respect for privacy and agency, to transparently highlight the state’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities;
  • a data-empowered state, where a diverse data-savvy workforce has well-paid jobs supporting every sector of the economy.
Statewide Committee

The diversity of the people of Hawai‘i has been a source of innovation and creativity throughout our state’s history.

Hawai‘i EPSCoR respects and values the diversity of all types, including race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, socioeconomic status, ability, and more. We see diversity as a source of strength, and we strive to create an inclusive, collaborative, and equitable environment where everyone can realize their full potential.

Hawai‘i EPSCoR particularly acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.

Since 2000, Hawai‘i EPSCoR has supported research and development competitiveness for the state through National Science Foundation research infrastructure improvement awards, co-funding of disciplinary and multidisciplinary research, and workshops and outreach.

In total, Hawai‘i EPSCoR has been awarded four total Track 1 awards, one current Track 2, and four total Track 4 totaling more than $63.8 million in EPSCoR funding.




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