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EPSCoR Track II Building Research and Education Infrastructure to Enhance Environmental Science and Its Application in Delaware
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Amount: $15 million
Period: 2008–2013
Principal Investigator: Donald Sparks
Summary: This is a statewide grant administered at the University of Delaware but also including Delaware State University, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical and Community College. It is the second EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grant the four institutions have shared since 2005 with a focus on improving Delaware’s environment while promoting economic development.

The proposal has three major goals:
(1) Build a competitive and sustainable research capability in environmental science and engineering in Delaware;
(2) Develop an educational pipeline from middle school through post-graduate education that nurtures future scientists and technologists; and
(3) Derive the educational, social and economic benefits of the research.

For more information, visit the Delaware EPSCoR website or read this UDaily article.


EPSCoR C2 — Intracampus Connectivity to Promote Environmental and Biological Research, Education and Outreach
Funding agency: National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Amount: $1.18 million
Period: 2010–2012
Principal Investigators: Karl Steiner and Daniel Leathers
Summary: With the overall purpose of providing all Delaware EPSCoR partner institutions access to high-quality cyber-infrastructure and centralized informatics capabilities, this grant supports four main goals:
(1) Closing gaps in intra- and intercampus cybernetworks within and among the campuses of UD, DSU, Wesley College and Delaware Tech;
(2) Launching the Delaware Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Center (DEMAC), a statewide center to coordinate environmental data collection from diverse sources;
(3) Promoting broader education in spatial technologies such as GIS at Delaware institutions; and
(4) Enhancing cyberbased environmental outreach that especially targets urban populations through a partnership with the Delaware Nature Society.

For more information, see this UDaily article. 


Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory
Funding agency: National Science Foundation
Amount: $4.3 million
Period: 2009-2014
Principal Investigator: Donald Sparks
Summary: One of six Critical Zone Observatories in the nation, the Christina River Basin CZO is primarily focused on measuring human impacts on the carbon cycle within the Christina River watershed, which includes parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. The project is a partnership between University of Delaware researchers and scientists at the Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, Pennsylvania, a nonprofit research organization that has been studying the watershed for more than 40 years. Environmental monitoring stations have been established throughout the watershed to capture data in real time in a variety of settings and land uses, ranging from forest to agriculture to urban development.

For more information, see the CZO website or articles in UDaily or University of Delaware Research.