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

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

ECR’s 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 nation’s 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.   

ECR: BCSER especially welcomes proposals that pair well with the efforts of NSF INCLUDES ( to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society.  Proposers are encouraged to identify topics that support the thrust of NSF INCLUDES projects.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:   Feb. 28, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Co-PIs are not allowed on Individual Investigator Development proposals.

Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 26

NSF expects to make 26 standard or continuing grant awards. The ECR: BCSER competition anticipates having approximately $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.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $12,000,000

Anticipated funding amount is approximately $12,000,000 subject to availability of funding.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 28, 2020