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Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

Name Email Phone Room
Sarit  B. Bhaduri (703) 292-2975   
Sandra  Cruz-Pol (703) 292-2928   
Dana  L. Denick (703) 292-8866   
Nadia  A. El-Masry (703) 292-4975   
Mehdi  Ferdowsi 703) 292-9051   
Deborah  J. Jackson (703) 292-7499   


Solicitation  21-529

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.


The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on high-risk/high-payoff research, larger societal impact, convergent research approaches, engagement of stakeholder communities, and adoption of team science in team formation, in response to the 2017 NASEM study recommendation. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant solicitation is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community’s thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in a forthcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.  


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program