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.

Synopsis

Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports. ER2 solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?’ Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.

ER2 research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g., Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and organizations primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Proposals including international collaborations are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. If possible, the U.S. team's international counterparts should obtain funding through other sources.

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Program Contacts

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

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