Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

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Funding Opportunity ID:329843
Opportunity Number:21-529
Opportunity Title:Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):47.041
Eligible Applicants:Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:*Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus. *Who May Serve as PI: The PI must be an engineering faculty whose main appointment is in an engineering department/school/college who has not previously been awarded an ERC Planning Grant as a PI. Co-PIs may be from any department.
Agency Code:NSF
Agency Name:National Science Foundation
Posted Date:Nov 17, 2020
Close Date:Feb 16, 2021
Last Updated Date:Nov 17, 2020
Award Ceiling:$0
Award Floor:$100,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:$2,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description:The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on high-risk/high-payoff research, larger societal impact, convergent research approaches, engagement of stakeholder communities, and adoption of team science in team formation, in response to the 2017 NASEM study recommendation. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant solicitation is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community’s thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in a forthcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.
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