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Engineering Research Initiation (ERI)

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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.


The NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) seeks to build engineering research capacity across the nation by investing in new academic investigators who have yet to receive research funding from Federal Agencies.  The Engineering Research Initiation (ERI) program will support new investigators as they initiate their research programs and advance in their careers as researchers, educators, and innovators.  This funding opportunity aims to broaden the base of investigators involved in engineering research and therefore is limited to investigators that are not affiliated with “very high research activity” R1 institutions (according to the Carnegie Classification https://carnegieclassifications.iu.edu/). 

Program contacts

Laurel C. Kuxhaus
eri@nsf.gov (703) 292-4465 ENG/CMMI
Kathryn Jablokow
eri@nsf.gov (703)292-7933 ENG/CMMI
Rosa A. Lukaszew
eri@nsf.gov (703)292-8339 ENG/ECCS
Richard Nash
eri@nsf.gov (703) 292-5394 ENG/ECCS
Carole J. Read
eri@nsf.gov (703) 292-2418 ENG/EEC
Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh
eri@nsf.gov (703) 292-8045 ENG/CBET

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