Job Overview


Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. Fulfilling this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

The NSF is seeking candidates for the Program Director position(s) in the Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) within the Office of International and Integrative Activities (OIIA), Office of the Director (OD), Arlington, VA.

EPSCoR is a program designed to fulfill the NSF mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Twenty-eight states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U. S. Virgin Islands currently participate. Through this program, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a region/jurisdiction's research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness.

More information about EPSCoR programs can be found at their website.


The Program Director in EPSCoR will have specific responsibilities that may include the following:

  • Establishing goals and objectives, initiating new program thrusts, revising current activities and potentially phasing out some programmatic areas.
  • Providing information on new developments and opportunities in STEM.
  • Maintaining and further strengthening linkages with collaborative programs at NSF and other relevant Federal agencies.
  • Participating in technical management and financial oversight of various funded projects within the NSF-EPSCoR cohorts.
  • Managing an effective and timely merit review process.
  • Representing the NSF-EPSCoR program at relevant internal and external events.
  • Keeping abreast of current research and educational trends.
  • Participating in some defined subset of professional activities that contribute to such currency (e.g., conducting research, delivering presentations and publishing quality scholarship, attending technical conferences of relevance, reading scientific articles and books and engaging in other forms of ongoing professional development).
  • Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF.