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ERC (NSF Engineering Research Centers) Information Session

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Date: Tuesday, May 16

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: 500 John D. Tickle Engineering Building

NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) are the signature research center for colleges of engineering. The Tickle College of Engineering and the Office of Research and Engagement will hold a meeting for faculty members and groups of faculty in the Tickle College of Engineering who are interested in or who are intending to participate in the next ERC competition.

Although the decisions for the current competition for funding of NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC) is not expected to announce recipients until June, 2017, all available intelligence and past NSF practice indicates that NSF will launch a new competition during late summer 2017 to fall 2017, in truth, quite soon.

ERC proposals are great opportunities to develop an engineering system over a 10-year period, by applying fundamental knowledge to particular technologies to create integrated technologies deployed in the system to achieve significant societal outcomes. These center-scale proposals fund at about the $4 million a year level for up to 10 years. Beyond the research vision about the creation and implementation of the engineering system, such centers come with very meaningful expectations for workforce development, development of innovation ecosystems with strong industry involvement, and implementation of a plan to create an inclusive research and education environment. While we do not have the RFP for the new call, the attached PDF of the RFP for the current competition is attached to provide guidance about the NSF expectation for ERCs.

A key topic at the meeting, will be the white paper submission and review that ORE will be running. Interested faculty teams will be required to submit a white paper by June 28th, 2017. This process will be discussed in detail at the information and discussion session. Two compelling reasons to attend the meeting and submit the white paper for interested faculty members are:

  • ERC competitions are very tough, so an early start that shapes the focus of such a proposal and identifies areas for improvement is wise.
  • The Office of Research and Engagement intends to make up to $10,000-$15,000/team available to strong applicants for the purpose of convening partners participating in the proposal and other activities directly related to preparing a strong ERC application.

Please register here, even if you are unable to attend or can only join for part of the meeting. Registering will ensure that you receive updates and relevant materials.

Questions? Contact Kimberly Eck at keck@utk.edu, Director of the ORE Research Development Team and/or Bill Dunne (wdunne@utk.edu), Tickle College of Engineering Associate Dean.


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