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Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)


The NSF Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) announces a new 2019 solicitation for Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC) (NSF 19-562), a continuation of the ERC planning grant pilot begun in 2018.

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   
Deborah  J. Jackson (703) 292-7499   
Eduardo  A. Misawa (703) 292-5353   


Solicitation  19-562

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.


The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on research that leads to societal impact, including convergent approaches, engaging stakeholder communities, and strengthening team formation, in response to the NASEM study recommendations. 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