National Science Foundation- Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) program.   NSF-19-609

Office for Research Development Letter of Intent submission deadline:

  • LOI to ORD: Monday, November 9, 2020 - Team selected for Feb 22, 2021 submission
  •  Agency Deadline:  February 22, 2021  (February 22, Annually Thereafter)
  • Anticipated Funding Amount:  $3,550,000

Estimated Number of Awards: 6-8

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

Brief Synopsis of Program:

ER2 research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill this knowledge into researchers and educators at all career stages. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure ethical and responsible research conduct.

Information:  email

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.
  • Unique Aspects:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.
  • 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. 
  • Justification for NSF support: One paragraph explaining why this research fits with the RFP and strategic goals of NSF. 


  • 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.
  • Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research. The following elements should be considered in the review for both criteria:
    • What is the potential for the proposed activity to Advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit); and benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)?

    • To what extent do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?

    • Is the plan for carrying out the proposed activities well-reasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale? Does the plan incorporate a mechanism to assess success?

    • How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities?

    • Are there adequate resources available to the PI (either at the home organization or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed activities?

Suggested Reviewers:

  • Reviewer 1: Area of expertise
  • Name
  • Title
  • Contact
  • State why you think this person would be a good reviewer.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Date Open: 
Thursday, June 19, 2014
National Science Foundation
Agency Deadline: 
Monday, February 22, 2021
Limit per Institution: