Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

ECR: Summer Informational Webinars

EDU Core Research (ECR) Program Informational Webinars for 2023

Please join NSF Program Officers to learn more about the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) EDU Core Research Program (ECR) through two informational webinars:

ECR Program Overview

Monday, August 21, 2023, from 3-4 pm ET

ECR program officers will provide an overview of the ECR requirements; a description of fundamental research; examples of ECR funded studies; responses to submitted questions; and open Question and Answer time. Link to a recording of the webinar. You can also download the webinar slide deck.

Last-minute Tips and Audience Q&A

Thursday, September 7, 2023, from 3-4 pm ET

Scheduled to take place just one month before the ECR submission deadline of October 5, ECR program officers will share tips on how to prepare competitive ECR proposals and answer your last-minute questions. Register here.

You must register in advance to attend these webinars. The registration pages will allow you to submit questions you'd like ECR program officers to address during the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing Zoom information to join the webinar.


What is EDU’s Core Research (ECR) Program?

ECR focuses on providing funds for fundamental research, both curiosity-driven basic research and use-inspired basic research, that contributes to the general, explanatory knowledge that underlies STEM education. There are three broadly conceived research areas appropriate for funding in ECR: 

  • Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments
  • Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields
  • Research on STEM Workforce Development.

Within this framework, the ECR program supports a wide range of fundamental STEM education research activities, aimed at learners of all groups and ages in formal and informal settings.