EHR Core Research  (ECR)

Webinars for Prospective Investigators

General Information for Proposal Submissions to NSF 19-508: ECR Core Research: STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Broadening Participation and Workforce Development: August 7, 2019 at 2pm ET REGISTER HERE

NSF 19-044: Dear Colleague Letter: Fundamental Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Focused on Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Education within the EHR Core Research (ECR) Program: August 15, 2019 at 2pm ET REGISTER HERE

NSF 19-033 Dear Colleague Letter: Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities: August 19, 2019 2pm ET REGISTER HERE

NSF 19-035 Dear Colleague Letter: Fundamental Research on Equity, Inclusion, and Ethics in Postsecondary Academic Workplaces and the Academic Profession within the EHR Core Research Program: August 20, 2019 at 2pm ET REGISTER HERE

NSF 19-025 Dear Colleague Letter: STEM Workforce Development Using Flexible Personal Learning Environments: August 21, 2019 at 2pm ET REGISTER HERE

NSF 19-036 Dear Colleague Letter: Developing and Testing New Methodologies for STEM Learning Research, Research Syntheses, and Evaluation: Webinar TBD

EHR Core Research (ECR) Reviewers Needed

If you are interested in reviewing ECR proposals please submit a brief CV to

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Address questions to  the program (703) 292-2333   


Solicitation  19-508

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    October 1, 2020

    First Thursday in October, Annually Thereafter


The EHR Core Research program (ECR) invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development.

The ECR program places emphasis on the rigorous development of theory and accumulation of knowledge to inform efforts to address challenges in STEM interest, learning, and participation, for all groups and all ages in formal and informal settings. This emphasis includes research on advancing evaluative methodologies to support research efforts funded through ECR.

ECR supports a wide range of research activities. ECR seeks to fund fundamental research that could involve the collection of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses. In addition, ECR supports research to develop innovative research methods, metrics, and conceptual models to measure existing and emerging phenomena, and to test theories that inform core scientific questions about STEM education and learning.  The three levels of funding should align with the maturity of the proposed work, the size and scope of the empirical effort, and the capacity of the team to conduct the proposed research: (1) Level I proposals: have a maximum award size of $500,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years; (2) Level II proposals have a maximum award size of $1,500,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years; (3) Level III proposals have a maximum award size of $2,500,000 and a maximum duration of 5 years.


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program