Recent reductions in state funding for public universities in most states raise serious questions as to whether the modest gains in research capacity in EPSCoR states can be sustained. If state financial support for higher education falters, the core responsibility of EPSCoR—to serve as catalysts for building research capacity—will falter as well. States that are committed to strengthening research capacity can demonstrate their desire by maintaining support over the long term and taking other actions to encourage research.

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