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Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

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NSF 24-576

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.

Convergent Research and Innovation through Inclusive Partnerships and Workforce Development


Founded in 1984, the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program brings technology-based industry and universities together in an effort to strengthen the competitive position of American industry in the global marketplace. These partnerships are expected to establish cross-disciplinary centers focused on advancing fundamental engineering knowledge and engineered systems technology while exposing students to the integrative aspects of engineered systems and industrial practice. The goal of the ERC program has traditionally been to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform and improve national prosperity, health, and security. Building upon this tradition, NSF is interested in supporting ERCs to develop and advance engineered systems, which if successful, will have a high Societal Impact. The ERC program supports convergent research (CR) that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development (EWD) at all participant stages, where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem (IE) that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. These foundational elements are integrated throughout ERC activities and in alignment with the Center's vision and targeted societal impact. The overall impact of the ERC program is expected within the Engineering Community, the Scientific Enterprise, and Society.

Program contacts

Sandra Cruz-Pol
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-2928 ENG/EEC
Dana L. Denick
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-8866 ENG/EEC
Randy Duran
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-5326 ENG/EEC
Nadia A. El-Masry
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-4975 ENG/EEC
Paul Torrens
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-2473
Lan Wang
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-5098 ENG/EEC

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