An article on the NewsOK.com website from The Oklahoman ("Oklahoma receives funding to expand research program", by Chip Minty, 26 February 2002) reports Oklahoma was named one of five states chosen to receive a three-year, $9 million grant from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding is designed put Oklahoma in a better position to compete for federal research funding in the future. Historically, the state has been among the poorest states in the nation when it comes to federal funding for scientific research. According to the article, the money allows the state's major research institutions to expand work in nanotechnology and functional genomics, said Frank Waxman, state director of the grant program. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have committed $4.5 million in matching funds for a total infusion of $13.5 million for new research programs.