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Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA): Future Research Directions for the Engineering Research Community


Due to the COVID-19 situation, NSF moved the ERVA webinar to 1:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Get connection details and join the ERVA webinar.

ERVA program due dates have not changed.  

Name Email Phone Room
Louise  R. Howe (703) 292-2548   


Solicitation  20-551

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 National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering (NSF/ENG) invites the engineering research community to establish an organization that will serve to identify and develop bold and societally impactful new engineering research directions and thereby catalyze the engineering research community's pursuit of innovative, high-impact research. Specifically, NSF/ENG calls on the engineering research community to establish an Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) that ENG will support to facilitate the articulation of compelling research visions that align with national and global challenges. This organization will be charged with obtaining and integrating input from all stakeholders with interest in engineering research, including academia, industry, societies, government agencies and the public. A reciprocal goal of the organization will be to communicate coordinated information on nascent opportunities and priorities in engineering research to these stakeholders. It is anticipated that through its activities the ERVA will strengthen connectivity across these diverse stakeholders, and increase coordination among engineering disciplinary communities.

The ERVA should have membership/representation of academic, industrial and other stakeholders, and should be inclusive of all engineering disciplines. Through its proposed activities, the ERVA should provide the engineering community with a process for identifying future research challenges and enable the engineering research community to speak with a unified voice.

FURTHER INFORMATION: An informational webinar will be presented on Wednesday, March 25th at 1:00pm Eastern to discuss the ERVA solicitation and answer questions. Details on how to join this webinar will be posted on the NSF/Engineering website (

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