April 22, 2022
The Research & Innovation Office announces an internal process for NSF’s 2022 Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC).
While not institutionally limited in the number of submissions to NSF, RIO is implementing a campus-wide, required notice of intent process to foster cross-campus collaborations with the goal of developing the most competitive and strategic proposals possible. Cost-sharing is required; see details below under Award Information.
Below is a summary assembled by RIO. Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity.
Summary of the ERC program
The ERC program supports convergent research (CR) that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the proposed research, 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.
Required Internal Notice of Intent and Guidance
The required notice of intent should include the following, all in PDF format, and be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 11, 2022.
The following questions may be helpful when crafting the required notice of intent:
The Lead PI must be a faculty member at the lead university. Non-Lead PIs are the co-PIs listed on the Cover Sheet after the Lead PI and may be from institutions other than the lead university. In order to provide more flexibility for the Center's management, the Lead PI and the ERC Director are not required to be the same person, however, both must be affiliated with the lead institution.
Full Proposals may be submitted only by invitation and only by the lead university designated in the preliminary proposal.
The maximum annual budget allowed is as follows:
Cost sharing is not a review criterion for the ERCs; it is an eligibility criterion. Because cost sharing is not a review criterion, details on cost sharing will not be shared with the reviewers.
Upon issuance of the award, the lead university is responsible to secure, retain, manage, and certify to NSF the ERC cost sharing (cash and in-kind), at the level stated in the cooperative agreement. The total level of cost sharing proposed must be calculated using the "Cost Sharing Formula" in the solicitation. The lead university is responsible for the entire amount; however, cost sharing also can include contributions by any or all of the core partner universities.
Note: The required cost sharing level is 20% of the allocation of the NSF budget to the lead or core partner university.