Engineering Research Initiation  (ERI)


A webinar on the ERI program was held on April 29, 2021. NSF staff presented information about the solicitation and will answer questions from attendees. 

The recorded video from the ERI webinar is now available: 

Name Email Phone Room
Kaitlin  Bratlie (703) 292-2638   
Dana  L. Denick (703) 292-8380   
Lawrence  S. Goldberg (703) 292-8339   
Kathryn  Jablokow (703)292-8360   
Laurel  C. Kuxhaus (703) 292-4465   
Rosa  Lukaszew (703)292-8339   
Carole  J. Read (703) 292-2418   
Shahab  Shojaei-Zadeh (703) 292-8045   
Jesus  V. Soriano Molla (703) 292-7795   


Solicitation  21-574

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

    June 21, 2021


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) seeks to build engineering research capacity across the nation by investing in new academic investigators who have yet to receive research funding from Federal Agencies.  The Engineering Research Initiation (ERI) program aims to support new investigators as they initiate their research programs and advance in their careers as researchers, educators, and innovators.  This funding opportunity also aims to broaden the base of investigators involved in engineering research and therefore is limited to investigators that are not affiliated with “very high research activity” R1 institutions (according to the Carnegie Classification


Who May Submit Proposals:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) not currently classified as a Doctoral University with “Very High Research Activity” (R1 institutions) according to the 2018 Carnegie Classification update: These include two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.

Who May Serve as PI:

  • A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one ERI proposal per annual competition. In addition, a PI may not participate in more than three ERI competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.

  • Only one PI per proposal is allowed; Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI) and senior personnel are not permitted. Collaborative proposals are not permitted.
  • Proposers must also hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF.  Postdoctoral researchers are not eligible to submit an ERI proposal.
  • This solicitation does not allow for collaborative proposals or subawards to other institutions.
  • Additional PI eligibility conditions apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program