State gets $19.3 million in research funding from National Science Foundation

Delaware EPSCoR leadership: (L-r) Dr. Martha Hofstetter, DTCC Institutional Lead; Dr. Justina Sapna, DTCC VP for Academic Affairs; Dr. Venu Kalavacharla, DSU Institutional Lead, and Co-PI; Gov. John Carney; Dr. Kent Messer, Project Director and PI; Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, Wesley Institutional Lead, and Co-PI; Dr. Holly Michael, Research Lead and Co-PI; and Dr. Donald Sparks, Delaware EPSCoR Director, and Co-PI.

Delaware State University held a ceremony marking  $19.3 million for research funding for the First State. 

The five-year grant is the fourth installment of funding from the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), which provides  research dollars to Delaware State University, the University of Delaware, Delaware Technical and Community College, and Wesley College.

In addition to the $19.3 million from the NSF, the State of Delaware is matching it with an additional $3.8 million, which bring the five-year funding total to just over $23 million.

Delaware State University’s College of Agriculture Science and Technology is receiving approximately $5.8 million in studying “Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware.”

DSU scientists will strive to better understand how oyster serve as a  coastal filter. They will also study marsh grasses and their capacity to survive in high salinity and absorb excess nutrients that run off into water bodies from agriculture and other land uses.


The University’s Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) serves as the EPSCoR hub for the University. 

The University of Delaware received the first EPSCoR funding in 2005. Delaware State University joined them as a co-principal investigating institution and also received multi-year research funding in 2008 and 2013.

Since 2005, Delaware State University has received $17 million in direct EPSCoR funding.