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Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

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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.

Convergent Research and Innovation through Inclusive Partnerships and Workforce Development

Supports high-risk, high-payoff research centers focused on advancing engineered systems technology and education through multidisciplinary, cross-sector partnerships.


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, diversity and a culture of inclusion (DCI) where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem (IE) that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. The logical reasoning that links the proposed activities to the identified goals for each ERC should be clear.

Program contacts

Sarit B. Bhaduri
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-2975 ENG/EEC
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
Mehdi Ferdowsi
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-5357 ENG/EEC
Deborah J. Jackson
nsferc@nsf.gov (703) 292-7499

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