Informational Session for Faculty

March 27, 8:15-10:30am, 1117 UCCCAREER workshop

This session will feature panels of successful CAREER awardees and CAREER reviewers. The panelists will share their perspectives and take questions from the audience. 

The session will also introduce applicants to on-campus resources, provide successful proposal examples, and share with tips from the NSF.


  • 8:15 -- 8:30: Overview of NSF CAREER program
  • 8:35 -- 9:35: Panel 1: CAREER Awardees / Questions from the audience
  • 9:35 --10:30: Panel 2: CAREER Reviewers / Questions from the audience



Overview of NSF CAREER Program

NSF logoThe Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Program Solicitation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Sample proposals

Examples of successful CAREER proposals from UI faculty (shared with permission)
UI HawkID and password are required to view these documents.

List of all awards made through this program, with abstracts


Review process

Grant Proposal, by Brian Taylor for The Chronicle

Merit Review Criteria, effective January 14, 2013

Why you should volunteer to serve as an NSF reviewer

Don't Underestimate NSF's New Grant-Submission Rules,
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Video: NSF Revised Merit Review Criteria (59:58)


Tips from successful applicants

CAREER Proposal Writing Tips

Writing CAREER proposals: Reviewer perspectives, Johna Leddy, NSF CAREER reviewer

5 Recommendations for CAREER proposals, Greg Howes, 2011 CAREER awardee

Presentations at NSF's CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop, March 2013


Who can help?

In addition to the grants personnel in your department and college, the following individuals in central administration are good contacts if you are thinking about applying for a NSF CAREER award.

Paul Below, Senior Sponsored Programs Specialist
Division of Sponsored Programs

Marta Gomez, Research Support Manager - STEM initiatives
Office of the Vice President for Research


Additional programs for young investigators

General proposal preparation resources