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If you are interested in reviewing ECR proposals please fill out and submit the ECR reviewer survey.

Four webinars on the EHR Core Research (ECR) program were held during December.

Slides used during the webinars are available at the ECR FY 14 Webinar Series event page at:

EHR Core Research (ECR) program has issued Frequently Asked Questions associated with Program Announcement NSF 13-555.  This document is available at:  ECR FAQs

Address questions to the program, (703) 292-2333

Earnestine Easter, (703) 292-8630

Dawn Rickey, (703) 292-4674

Mark Leddy, (703) 292-4655

Karen  . King, (703) 292-5124

Jolene K. Jesse, (703) 292-7303

Barry Sloane, (703) 292-8465

Announcement 13-555

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Full Proposal Target Date:  February 3, 2015

First Tuesday in February, Annually Thereafter

The EHR Core Research (ECR) program establishes a mechanism in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources to provide funding in foundational research areas that are broad, essential and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following core areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. We invite researchers to identify and conduct research on questions or issues in order to advance the improvement of STEM learning in general, or to address specific challenges of great importance. Two types of proposals are invited: Core Research Proposals (maximum 5 years, $1.5 million) that propose to study a foundational research question/issue designed to inform the transformation of STEM learning and education and Capacity Building Proposals (maximum 3 years, $300,000) intended to support groundwork necessary for advancing research within the four core areas.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

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