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Directorate for Education and Human Resources

EHR Core Research  (ECR:Core)

ECR Webinar Video

This video is a recorded webinar presented by EHR Core Research (ECR) program staff. The webinar provides information on ECR funding opportunities, the latest program solicitation, and related initiatives. Please view the ECR webinar video here.

ECR Program Officer – Drop-in Office Hours

To supplement the webinar to encourage fundamental STEM education research from Minority-Serving Institution Faculty (recorded webinar; passcode: 2D*svzzF) ECR program officers are holding drop-in office hours from 2 pm to 5pm EST Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 20 to August 26, 2021.

EHR Core Research (ECR) Reviewers Needed

If you are interested in reviewing ECR proposals please submit a brief CV to

Name Email Phone Room
Address questions  to the program (703)292-2333   


Solicitation  21-588

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    October 7, 2021

    First Thursday in October, Annually Thereafter


The EHR Core Research (ECR) program offers this ECR:Core solicitation and invites proposals for fundamental research (curiosity-driven basic research and use-inspired basic research) that contributes to the general, explanatory knowledge that underlies STEM education in one or more of the three broadly conceived Research Areas: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development. Within this framework, the ECR program supports a wide range of fundamental STEM education research activities, aimed at learners of all groups and ages in formal and informal settings.

Fundamental research generates knowledge and understanding with the potential for broad relevance. The potential implications of ECR fundamental research for improving STEM education practice may be indirect and long-term rather than direct and immediate. Moreover, whether they include basic or use-inspired basic research, all successful ECR:Core proposals focus on the advancement or refinement of foundational knowledge for STEM education.

The amount of funding and duration requested in proposals submitted to the ECR:Core solicitation should align with the maturity of the proposed work and the size and scope of the empirical effort. The solicitation has three levels of funding with a range of budget sizes, and proposals may request a duration of 3 to 5 years for any level: (1) Level I proposals may request up to $500,000; (2) Level II proposals may request up to $1,500,000; (3) Level III proposals may request up to $2,500,000. All proposals should justify the level of funding and duration in the project description.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program