NSF 15-589 Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Accepting Proposals

If you are interested in submitting a NSF 15-589 Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers (ERC) proposal, submit your letter of intent by Friday, September 25, 2015 and the preliminary proposal by Friday, October 23, 2015.

  • Institutional Limit: None specified for preliminary proposals.

Full Proposals may be submitted only by invitation and only by the lead university designated in the preliminary proposal.

A PI may be identified as Center Director on only one proposal and may not propose in any other role in any other ERC proposal. A Co-PI on one proposal can also participate in other proposals.

Who may serve as PI: The Lead PI (Center Director) must be a tenured faculty member in an engineering department/school of engineering at the lead university. The Director’s doctoral degree must be in engineering or an associated field of science; if the latter, she/he must have substantial career experience in engineering as evidenced by a primary appointment in an engineering department/school of engineering at the lead university.

  • Letter of Intent Due: September 25, 2015
  • Preliminary Proposal Due Date: October 23, 2015
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 16, 2016

Synopsis of Program:

The goal of the ERC Program is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security. ERCs create an innovative, inclusive culture in engineering to cultivate new ideas and pursue engineering discovery that achieves a significant science, technology, and societal outcome within the 10-year timeframe of NSF support. For information on individual ERCs and their achievements, click here.

Those who submit proposals in response to this solicitation will need to address the following questions:

  1. What is the compelling new idea and how does it relate to national needs?
  2. Why is a center necessary to tackle the idea?
  3. How will the ERC’s infrastructure integrate and implement research, workforce development and innovation ecosystem development efforts to achieve its vision?


Per IIT policy, all grant applications (federal and non-federal) must be reviewed, signed and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs regardless of the amount of the request.  Contact osrp@iit.edu or call at 312.567.3035 for more information on submitting a proposal.