Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

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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.

Convergent Research and Innovation through Inclusive Partnerships and Workforce Development

Supports high-risk, high-payoff research centers focused on advancing engineered systems technology and education through multidisciplinary, cross-sector partnerships.


The ERC program supports convergent research (CR) that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development (EWD) at all participant stages, diversity and a culture of inclusion (DCI) where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem (IE) that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. The logical reasoning that links the proposed activities to the identified goals for each ERC should be clear.

Program contacts

Sarit B. Bhaduri (703) 292-2975 ENG/EEC
Sandra Cruz-Pol (703) 292-2928 ENG/EEC
Dana L. Denick (703) 292-8866 ENG/EEC
Randy Duran (703) 292-5326 ENG/EEC
Nadia A. El-Masry (703) 292-4975 ENG/EEC
Mehdi Ferdowsi (703) 292-5357 ENG/EEC
Deborah J. Jackson (703) 292-7499 ENG/EEC

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