Sep 10, 2004
Letter of Intent Due Date (required): September 10, 2004; Preliminary Proposals Due Date (required): November 8, 2004; Full Proposals by invitation only.
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Engineering Research Centers (ERC) focus on the definition, fundamental understanding, development, and validation of the technologies needed to realize a well-defined class of engineered systems with the potential to spawn whole new industries or radically transform the product lines, processing technologies, or service delivery methodologies of current industries. ERC faculty, students and industry partners integrate discovery and learning in an interdisciplinary environment that reflects the complexities and realities of real-world technology. This environment adds an integrative dimension that is enabled by the critical size of ERCs. ERC innovations in research and education are expected to impact curricula at all levels from precollege to life-long learning and to be disseminated to and beyond academic and industry partners. ERCs fulfill NSF's strategic goal to increase the diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce by including all me
mbers of society regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender in all aspects of the centers' activities. Because ERCs play critical roles in academe by integrating research, education, diversity, outreach, and industrial collaboration, NSF views ERCs as change agents for academic engineering programs and the engineering community at large. The absence of a compelling strategy for achieving demonstrable impact in any one of these areas is sufficient reason to deny funding.
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NSF Publication 04-570
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