Ethical and Responsible Research

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Deadline: Feb 22, 2025

Grant amount: US $400,000 - US $600,000

Fields of work: Science Mathematics Engineering Data Science & Digital Information Systems Political Science Linguistics Anthropology & Cultural Studies Sociology Energy Agricultural Economics Geography Space Science Computer Science & Engineering Earth Science Biology Physics Chemistry Heliophysics Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2) funds research projects that identify:

  • Factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and
  • Approaches to developing those factors in all STEM fields that NSF supports.

ER2 solicits proposals for research that explores the following:

  • ‘What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?'
  • Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'?
  • What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?’

Factors one might consider include:

  • honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements,
  • an ethic of service and/or service learning,
  • life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research,
  • institutions that serve under-represented groups,
  • institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels,
  • institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade.

Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors. 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.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g., Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and organizations primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Proposals including international collaborations are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. If possible, the U.S. team's international counterparts should obtain funding through other sources.

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