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 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 will support new investigators as they initiate their research programs and advance in their careers as researchers, educators, and innovators.  This funding opportunity 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 

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Program contacts

Laurel C. Kuxhaus
CMMI (703) 292-4465 ENG/CMMI
Kathryn Jablokow
CMMI (703)292-7933 ENG/CMMI
Lawrence S. Goldberg
ECCS (703) 292-8339 ENG/ECCS
Rosa A. Lukaszew
ECCS (703)292-8339 ENG/ECCS
Carole J. Read
CBET (703) 292-2418 ENG/CBET
Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh
CBET (703) 292-8045 ENG/CBET

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