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Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)

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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.


The Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) program aims to support fundamental research about what constitutes or promotes responsible and ethical conduct of research (RECR). The ER2 program seeks to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers, practitioners and educators at all career stages to conduct research with integrity and to educate others about RECR. Research questions of interest to the program could address ethical issues involving diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, bias, culture, transparency and mentoring or other interpersonal behaviors in research environments, as well as the following:

  • What constitutes responsible and ethical conduct of research (RECR) and why?
  • What are the similarities and differences between RECR norms in different fields, sectors (for example, academia, industry and non-profit), or locations (states, regions or countries), and what can they learn from one another in terms of promoting ethical research practices?
  • Which organizational practices, contexts, and incentives promote ethical and responsible STEM research and why?
  • Which practices contribute to establishing and maintaining ethical cultures, and how can these practices be transferred and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Proposals from or involving substantial collaboration with organizations in EPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions, minority-serving institutions, women’s colleges or organizations primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Proposals that include international collaborations are encouraged if the unique resources, expertise, facilities or locations of international partners enhance the merit of the proposed work. Please see the NSF PAPPG for guidance on international collaborations.

Program contacts

Jason Borenstein (SBE)
Program Director
jborenst@nsf.gov (703) 292-4207 SBE/OAD
Frederick M. Kronz (SBE)
Program Director
fkronz@nsf.gov (703) 292-7283 SBE/SES
Wenda Bauchspies (OISE)
Program Director
wbauchsp@nsf.gov (703) 292-5034 OD/OISE
Cindy Bethel (CISE)
Program Director
cbethel@nsf.gov (703) 292-4420 CISE/IIS
Daniel Denecke (EDU)
Program Director
ddenecke@nsf.gov (703) 292-8072 EDU/DGE
George Richter- Addo (MPS)
Program Director
grichter@nsf.gov (703) 292-7528 MPS/CHE
Elizabeth L. Rom (GEO)
Program Director
elrom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7709 GEO/RISE
Danielle F. Sumy (TIP)
Program Director
dsumy@nsf.gov (703) 292-4217 TIP/ITE
Edda Thiels (BIO)
Program Director
ethiels@nsf.gov (703) 292-8421 TIP/ITE
Matthew A. Verleger (ENG)
Program Director
mverlege@nsf.gov (703) 292-2961 ENG/EEC
Bela Jang
Program Specialist
bejang@nsf.gov (703) 292-7902 CISE/CCF

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