Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)

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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.


Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) research projects use fundamental research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research and why, as well as how to best instill this knowledge into researchers, practitioners, and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions or applications to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.

The program funds research projects that identify:

(1)   factors that are effective in the formation of ethical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) researchers;

(2)   approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports; and

(3)   why and how those factors and approaches increase responsibly conducted research.

Proposals from or involving substantial collaboration with minority-serving institutions, women's colleges, or organizations primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Proposals that include international collaborations are encouraged if the unique resources, expertise, facilities, or locations of international partners enhance the merit of the proposed work. International partners are required to find non-NSF funding. Please see NSF’s PAPPG for further guidance on international collaborations.

Updates and Announcements

Program Contacts

Wenda Bauchspies (SBE) 703-292-5034 SBE/SES
Cassandra M. Dudka (OISE) (703) 292-7250 OD/OISE
Andrew (Andruid) Kerne (CISE/IIS) (703) 292-8574 CISE/IIS
Frederick M. Kronz (SBE) 703-292-7283 SBE/SES
Jumoke Ladeji-Osias (ENG/EEC) (703) 292-7708 ENG/EEC
Elizabeth L. Rom (GEO) (703) 292-7709 GEO/OCE
Leonard Spinu (MPS) (703) 292-2665 MPS/DMR
Michael D. Steele (EHR) (703) 292-4313
Edda Thiels (BIO) (703) 292-8421 BIO/IOS

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