Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

Limited Submissions
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

To submit to this competition, go to the GT Internal Competition Website.

NSF intends to issue a solicitation for a new class of Engineering Research Centers (ERCs). It is anticipated that this solicitation will be released in spring 2015, although as always, this target date may slip.

In an effort to maximize the coaching, assistance and feedback provided to potential respondent ERC teams, the Office of the EVPR has developed an internal development support framework/timeline designed to engage and prepare teams in advance of the anticipated solicitation. This pre-release framework is based on previous ERC solicitations, as well as, additional information provided by individuals with programmatic expertise.


  • NSF ERC awards are historically in the $3 - 3.5 million per year range, for a period of five years, with possible renewal for an additional five years, or a 10 year total.
  • Although in the past ERC competitions have not been limited submission, we expect this year, with a new program director, is very likely to be a limited submission competition.
  • Although it is impossible to predict the exact requirements and/or priorities to be specified in the anticipated solicitation, previous solicitations will likely give you a good idea of what to expect, as you begin to consider proposal ideas and leadership options.

We encourage PIs to connect and work with IRIs ( early in the process if the proposed program area fits within an IRI topical area. IRI directors are poised to help support the organization of proposals.

Support Framework/Timeline

A timeline for preparation and review of proposals is given below:

  • ERC Q&A session for faculty: March 9, 2015, from 10:00am - 11:30am in the IBB Suddath Room
  • Letters of Intent Due to GT EVPR: March 13, 2015
  • White Papers Due to GT EVPR: April 10, 2015
  • Draft Proposals #1 (2013 NSF Format*) due to GT: June 3, 2015
  • Draft Proposal #1 Feedback to PIs due: June 25, 2015
  • Near Final Draft Proposal #2 (2013 NSF Format*) due to GT: July 20, 2015
  • Draft Proposal #2 Feedback to PIs due: August 5, 2015
  • Preliminary Proposals due to NSF: August 11, 2015 (Anticipated)

Letter Of Intent Submissions

All Letters of Intent (LOI) must be submitted by March 13, 2015.

White Paper Submissions

  • After the LOI deadline all applicants will be given access to submit a White Paper on the GT internal competition site.
  • All White Papers must be submitted, in pdf format, by April 10, 2015.
  • White Papers (3 page maximum) should describe, the current proposed:
  1. Topic
  2. Team
  3. Partners
  4. Management Team
  • All submitting PIs will receive feedback on how their proposed project/team can be strengthened for the following stages of this development framework.

For More Information

  • Please note that we will share any new information we obtain about this forthcoming solicitation.
  • As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact Susan Roche at (, or Chris Jones at (
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