Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers

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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.

Facilitates the formation and enhancement of convergent research collaborations in the engineering community, resulting in center-scale high-risk, high-payoff research.


The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on high-risk/high-payoff research, larger societal impact, convergent research approaches, engagement of stakeholder communities, and adoption of team science in team formation, in response to the 2017 NASEM study recommendation. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant solicitation is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community’s thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in a forthcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.  

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
Nadia A. El-Masry (703) 292-4975 ENG/EEC
Mehdi Ferdowsi 703) 292-9051 ENG/EEC
Deborah J. Jackson (703) 292-7499 ENG/EEC

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