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.

2015 Informational CAREER Webinar

 

2015 NSF CAREER Solicitation

The National Science Foundation has  issued the new solicitation (NSF 15-555) for the 2015 cycle of its Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) competition. Although most information and requirements remain the same as in past years, investigators should take note of the following:

Submission Deadlines

Full Proposals to BIO, CISE, and EHR are due July 21, 2015.
Full Proposals to ENG are due July 22, 2015.
Full Proposals to GEO, MPS, and SBE are due July 23, 2015.

Collaboration

In a change from previous years, letters of collaboration are now limited to a one single sentence format described in the proposal preparation instructions.

 

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

 

Grant Proposal, by Brian Taylor for The Chronicle

Review process

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

 

Current University of Iowa CAREER awardees

Bradley Cramer, Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Catherine Musselman, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Scott Baalrud, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy
Edward Sander, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Tori Forbes, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Ibrahim Ozbolat, Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Gabriele Villarini, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sara Mason, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Raghuraman Mudumbai, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
David Cwiertny, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Maggy Tomova, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Jan-Uwe Rohde, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Greg Howes, Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy
Ernesto Fuentes, Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Xiaodong Wu, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

 


Additional programs for young investigators

General proposal preparation resources