A video produced by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s (HEPC) Division of Science and Research that highlights how West Virginia’s economy directly benefits from investments in scientific research was unveiled today at an event on Capitol Hill.
The video illustrates how university-based research is helping to move West Virginia toward a more innovative, technology-based economy, citing successful companies – like Protea Biosciences in Morgantown – that originated in campus settings.
Today’s event, which was focused on the importance of federal investments in competitive scientific research, was moderated by HEPC Chancellor Dr. Paul Hill and hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) – the federal organization that manages the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
“Science and innovation are top priorities for West Virginia, and key components of our economy – both in generating jobs and in federal investment,” said Senator Jay Rockefeller. “And that’s why EPSCoR is so important. It strengthens research, fosters innovation and creates good jobs right here at home. I’m proud to be one of EPSCoR’s biggest advocates, and thankful the state’s higher education community recognizes the vital role it plays in our state’s future.”
Dr. Jan Taylor, Director of the Division of Science and Research said, “Scientific research can lead West Virginia into a new economy fortified by innovations, and this begins with our colleges and universities. Our hope is that this new video will help everyone understand the impact of science and technology on modern life in our state.”
The Division of Science and Research directs EPSCoR in West Virginia, while also managing state-funded academic research programs, including the Research Challenge Fund. EPSCoR is an initiative established by Congress in 1978 to ensure that under-served states get a better share of federal grants from top federal scientific agencies.
A link to the video can be found on the Division’s website, wvresearch.org.