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Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA): Future Research Directions for the Engineering Research Community


Solicitation: NSF 20-551

LOI Due to Research Office: 
Agency Letter of Intent Due Date: July 08, 2020
Institutional Limit: 1

An organization may submit only one ERVA proposal on which it is the lead institution.


The general guidance for the preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page)

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the NSF.  NSF funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 


  • Problem statement: Clear and concise statement of 1) research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s); 2) what technical barriers need to be overcome to perform the research, and 3) how the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken. Refer to the questions, "Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria" taken directly from the RFP as you describe your project.
  • Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research.

Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria:

  • Reviewers will be asked to comment explicitly on the issues discussed below for each proposal:
  • How well does the submitting organization represent the broad engineering research community, particularly academic and industry communities including the communities supported by the NSF Directorate for Engineering? Is the proposed organization sufficiently broad to play a community proxy role?
  • Does the proposing team have the appropriate perspective on current engineering research activities and priorities?
  • Is the organization and management structure sufficient to meet the project goals? Does the organizational structure involve the necessary stakeholder range? Does the submitting organization have experience with similar types of projects? How qualified are the PIs and other named personnel to meet the project goals? Are appropriate milestones and associated activities included?
  • Are the proposed visioning approaches/activities well-positioned to catalyze the identification of bold and high-impact research directions?
  • Does the submitting organization have access to appropriate physical space, resources and infrastructure to achieve the goals of the ERVA?
  • Does the proposal include effective and timely mechanisms for gathering from the engineering research community and other stakeholders critical information and insights on future engineering research directions?
  • Does the proposal include a clear and compelling plan for communicating future research visions to all relevant stakeholders?
  • Does the proposal include a credible evaluation plan with appropriate metrics?
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