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

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

ECR’s Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) supports projects that build investigators’ capacity to carry out high-quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise. In addition, ECR: BCSER seeks to broaden the pool of researchers who can advance knowledge regarding STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Researchers of races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities who are currently underrepresented in their participation in STEM education research and the STEM workforce, as well as faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable researchers to expand their areas of expertise and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous research in STEM education. Career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated professional development and research projects or through institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical issues in STEM education.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: Feb. 23, 2024 (Fourth Friday in February, Annually Thereafter)

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Eligibility Requirements

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

Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 29

NSF expects to make 29 standard or continuing grant awards. The ECR: BCSER competition anticipates making the following awards:

Individual Investigator Development in STEM Education Research: Up to 19 awards. The maximum award amount is $350,000 for three years.

Institutes for Methods and Practices in STEM Education Research: Up to 5 awards. The maximum award amount for is $1,000,000 for three years.

Conference: Up to 5 awards. The typical award amount for a conference 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 23, 2024