EHR Core Research  (ECR)

ECR Webinar Series

EHR Core Research (ECR) Overview of Solicitation and Proposal Submission: Solicitation NSF 19-508 Program Outreach Webinar

Every Thursday from June 11, 2020 to July 30, 2020

From 3:00PM to 4:00PM Eastern

Registration is required so we can communicate with you before and after the webinar - there is no need to contact the program directly.


After registering, you will automatically receive instructions by email from Zoom for joining the webinar. If you don’t receive the email, please check your junk or clutter folders.


There will also be two Special Edition Webinars:

NSF 19-035 DCL: Fundamental Research on Equity, Inclusion, and Ethics in Postsecondary Academic Workplaces and the Academic Profession within the EHR Core Research Program

July 2, 2020

From 3:00PM to 4:00PM Eastern



NSF 19-044 DCL: Fundamental Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Focused on Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Education within the EHR Core Research (ECR) Program

July 9, 2020

From 3:00PM to 4:00PM Eastern



The EHR Core Research (ECR) program officers will provide an overview of the funding opportunities available in the EHR Core Research Solicitation (NSF 19-508) and answer questions from participants. The webinar has been recorded and posted so those who cannot attend can listen to the webinar at any time. We also will send the webinar slides to those who attend each session. We suggest reviewing solicitation NSF 19-508 before the webinar to prepare your questions for program officers.

A previously recorded Webinar video on the Overview of Solicitation and Proposal Submission is available for viewing for those who cannot attend the Webinar sessions.

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  19-508

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 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 program (ECR) invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development.

The ECR program places emphasis on the rigorous development of theory and accumulation of knowledge to inform efforts to address challenges in STEM interest, learning, and participation, for all groups and all ages in formal and informal settings. This emphasis includes research on advancing evaluative methodologies to support research efforts funded through ECR.

ECR supports a wide range of research activities. ECR seeks to fund fundamental research that could involve the collection of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses. In addition, ECR supports research to develop innovative research methods, metrics, and conceptual models to measure existing and emerging phenomena, and to test theories that inform core scientific questions about STEM education and learning.  The three levels of funding should align with the maturity of the proposed work, the size and scope of the empirical effort, and the capacity of the team to conduct the proposed research: (1) Level I proposals: have a maximum award size of $500,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years; (2) Level II proposals have a maximum award size of $1,500,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years; (3) Level III proposals have a maximum award size of $2,500,000 and a maximum duration of 5 years.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program