Engineering Research Initiation (ERI)

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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 (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

Program Contacts

Kaitlin Bratlie
IIP (703) 292-2638 ENG/IIP
Dana L. Denick
EEC (703) 292-8380 ENG/EEC
Lawrence S. Goldberg
ECCS (703) 292-8339 ENG/ECCS
Kathryn Jablokow
CMMI (703)292-8360 ENG/CMMI
Laurel C. Kuxhaus (703) 292-4465 ENG/CMMI
Rosa Lukaszew
ECCS (703)292-8339 ENG/ECCS
Carole J. Read
IIP (703) 292-2418 ENG/CBET
Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh
CBET (703) 292-8045 ENG/CBET
Jesus V. Soriano Molla
IIP (703) 292-7795 ENG/IIP

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