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Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers

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Important Information for Proposers

Any proposal submitted in response to this funding opportunity should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. The NSF PAPPG is regularly revised and it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets the requirements specified in this solicitation and the applicable version of the PAPPG. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

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.  

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Sarit B. Bhaduri
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-2975 ENG/EEC
Sandra Cruz-Pol
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-2928 ENG/EEC
Dana L. Denick
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-8866 ENG/EEC
Nadia A. El-Masry
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-4975 ENG/EEC
Mehdi Ferdowsi
nsferc@nsf.gov 703) 292-9051 ENG/EEC
Deborah J. Jackson
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-7499 ENG/EEC
Randy Duran
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-5326 ENG/EEC

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