The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) promotes the development of the Territory's science and technology resources through multi-disciplinary research and educational programs.
VI-EPSCoR achieves these goals by supporting research in areas of scientific inquiry linked to the Territory's economic development, by improving research infrastructure to strengthen competitiveness, by increasing student participation in science and technology in order to build a skilled workforce, and by building partnerships between government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to create a foundation of research and development for economic growth.
VI-EPSCoR's vision is to develop the territory's scientific capacity in support of economic development by drawing upon and strengthening the territory's physical and human resources for scientific study. A key to developing the territory's science capacity is through stimulating research that in turn provides educational opportunities for students and faculty alike. Over the course of the past year, our researchers have submitted 10 proposals with $11.3 Million worth of proposed research activities. 4 of those 11 have been funded and will provide $4.42 Million towards research targeting a range of issues. VI-EPSCoR has also processed our request for proposals for our 2010 Incubator Grants Project and received 24 proposals. With regard to infrastructure development, contracts and purchase orders for the construction of a new Environmental Analysis lab and a new Spatial Analysis and Statistics lab at UVI, have been submitted.
VI-EPSCoR continues to work with UVI Information Technology Services (ITS) on infrastructure investments to strengthen the university environment for research. VI-EPSCoR goals for cyberinfrastructure improvements at UVI include establishing the necessary cyberinfrastructure to support marine and environmental research, policy and decision-making, education, and outreach activities.
In the arena of education, we accelerated our efforts in strengthening STEM education through several initiatives and programs. We sponsored summer research programs for both high school students (Math and Environmental Science Academy in St. Croix) and undergraduates (Summer Science Research Institute on St. Thomas). UVI's Masters in Marine and Environmental Science program continues to thrive. We expect to have 3 additional students graduate by year end, bringing our total number of graduates to 6.
VI-EPSCoR facilitated the convening of a core group of concerned partners to produce a management plan, based on local stakeholder deliberations on the goals and objectives of the plan and an action strategy to provide a coordinated response to this threat.
We are well on our way to achieving our overall goals. VI-EPSCoR's program of research continues to build upon a foundation for greater research competitiveness in the Virgin Islands in marine and environmental sciences that will provide scientific support to local decision-makers in natural resource management.
UVI Research Day: Past, Present and Future of Scientific Exploration
New Species Discovered with VI-EPSCoR Research Assistance
New Environmental Analysis Lab Opened on UVI's St. Thomas Campus
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Virgin Islands EPSCoR
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 John Brewer’s Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990
Nick Drayton, Assistant Director
St. Thomas: 340.693.1239
St. Croix: 340.692.4003