Division of Science & Research

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission


Investing in research improves education, economics

Investing in research improves education, creates jobs and steers youth toward careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, all while increasing our society’s knowledge.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research directs the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) in West Virginia, while also managing state-funded academic research programs, including the Research Challenge Fund and the Research Trust Fund.


The first statewide program in the nation, this travel fund will provide reimbursement of incremental child and eldercare expenses incurred as a result of traveling. Female faculty and post-doctoral scholars in STEM and social science fields at WV colleges/universities are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is July 15. Click the image for eligibility details.

Stay tuned to this page for details on the next event in our Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series.

Our STEM Speaker Series is an outreach effort created to spearhead a greater public awareness of the importance of research and STEM in West Virginia.




Commentary: Generation West Virginia Executive Director, Natalie Roper, discusses how higher education can impact the “turning point” for young West Virginians.


Click on the graphic below to learn more about the research happening right here in West Virginia!

West Virginia researchers tell their own story!