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Division of Graduate Education

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

ECR: BCSER Q&A Sessions Announced

Thank you for your interest in the ECR: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (BCSER) solicitation. To respond to solicitation-specific questions, we have scheduled several open-forum Question & Answer sessions in February 2021. See here on how to join, as well as dates and times. You can join for part of the time or listen to the entire session, and there is no need to pre-register. Your participation is anonymous.  These sessions are not recorded. If you have specific questions related to your proposal, please send your inquiry to  Best Wishes!

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Solicitation  20-521

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    February 25, 2022

    Fourth Friday in February, Annually Thereafter


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.


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program