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Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-630 for the latest version.

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.

Supports research on what constitutes and promotes responsible research conduct and how to instill that knowledge in researchers, practitioners and educators across all career stages.


Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) research projects use fundamental research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research and why, as well as how to best instill responsible conduct of research into researchers, practitioners, and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions or applications to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.

The program funds research projects that identify:

(1)   factors that are effective in the formation of ethical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) researchers;

(2)   approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports; and

(3)   why and how those factors and approaches increase responsibly conducted research.

Proposals from or involving substantial collaboration with 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. International partners are required to find non-NSF funding. Please see NSF’s PAPPG for further 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
Cindy Bethel (CISE)
Program Director
cbethel@nsf.gov NA CISE/IIS
Wenda Bauchspies (OISE)
Program Director
wbauchsp@nsf.gov 703-292-5034 OD/OISE
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
Michael D. Steele (EDU)
Program Director
msteele@nsf.gov (703) 292-4313 OD
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
Alexander A. Romero II
Program Analyst
alromero@nsf.gov (703) 292-2184 SBE/OAD

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