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EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Science Foundation (NSF)


    ECRs Building Capacity for STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) solicitation supports projects that build individuals capacity to carry out high quality STEM education research that will enhance the nations STEM education enterprise and broaden the pool of researchers that can conduct fundamental research in STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development.

    Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable early and mid-career researchers to acquire the requisite expertise and skills to conduct rigorous fundamental research in STEM education. ECR: BCSER seeks to fund research career development activities on topics that are relevant to qualitative and quantitative research methods and design, including the collection and analysis of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses.

    This career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated projects or through professional development institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical substantive issues in STEM education. Early and mid-career faculty new to STEM education research, particularly underrepresented minority faculty and faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are encouraged to submit proposals.


    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects can be seen at

    Additional Information

    Conference and Workshop Proposals

    Proposals seeking support to conduct well-focused conferences and workshops related to the ECR: BCSER goals may also be submitted. Proposals should include a conceptual framework for the conference or workshop, draft agenda, possible participant list, the outcomes or products that will result from the conference, and how these products serve the goals of the ECR capacity building competition. Proposals focused on skills for the future of STEM education research are of particular interest. Investigators are encouraged to contact a cognizant EHR Program Officer prior to submission.


    ECR: BCSER program staff

    ECR: BCSER program staff
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  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include:

    • Universities and Colleges
    • Non-profit, non-academic organizations
    • For-profit organizations
    • State and Local Governments
    • Unaffiliated Individuals
    • Foreign organizations
    • Other Federal agencies

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by February 28, 2020. Proposals are due on the fourth Friday in February, Annually Thereafter.

    Award Details

    NSF expects to make 26 standard or continuing grant awards. The ECR: BCSER competition anticipates having $12,000,000 for new awards in FY 2020, subject to availability of funds, as follows:

    • Individual Investigator Development in STEM Education Research: Up to 16 awards. The maximum award amount is $350,000 for two years.
    • Institutes in Research Methods: Up to five awards. The maximum award amount for is $1,000,000 for three years.
    • The typical award amount for Conferences is $25,000 to $100,000.

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