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The NSF CAREER Club is designed to give you the knowledge and resources to craft competitive CAREER applications. Club participants will take part in events and services including editing, graphic design, and review services.

NSF CAREER Club Eligibility, Events, and Services

Assistant professors (or equivalent) who are eligible to submit NSF CAREER awards are welcome to register for the Club.

Note: Club participants receive these events and services for free. It is expected the Club members participate in all events and services.

NSF CAREER Club Information Session (Virtual; November 6 from 10:00-10:45 am)

This is an information session to describe the NSF CAREER Club.

The registration deadline for this session has closed.

Planning and Writing Successful NSF CAREER Proposals (Virtual; December 1 and January 5 from 9:00-11:00 am, January 12 from 9:00 am–1:00 pm)

Two two-hour and one four-hour CAREER-focused grant writing sessions presented by Dr. Peg AtKisson (AtKisson Training Group).

Register by November 27.

NSF CAREER Club Kickoff Session (Virtual; December 8 from 1:00-1:45 pm)

This session will set expectations and let Club members know what is required for participating in the CAREER Club.

Research Impacts Seminars (aka Broader Impacts) (Virtual; Spring 2024)

Five two-hour BI-focused seminars cover basic to advanced concepts. Presented by the NSF-supported Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS). Sessions include:

  1. BI 101 (Friday, February 9 from 9:00-11:00 am)
  2. BI Evaluation/Broadening Participation (Friday, February 23 from 9:00-11:00 am)
  3. NSF CAREER Awards (Friday, March 8 from 9:00-11:00 am)
  4. BI Partnerships (Friday, March 22 from 9:00-11:00 am)
  5. BI Identity (Friday, March 29 from 9:00-11:00 am)

Register for one or more session(s) by February 8.

NSF CAREER Recent Awardee Panel Session (Virtual; April 19, 2024 from 11:00 am–12:00 pm)

This panel session provides an opportunity to hear from four accomplished NSF CAREER award recipients regarding their experience with the application process, need-to-know information, plus much more.

Register by April 18, 2024.

Graphic Design

Have one key figure designed for your proposal.

Internal Panel Review

Participants will receive expert feedback from three internal (University of Iowa) reviewers of their choice. 

External Grant Review

Participants will receive expert feedback from one external reviewer of their choice. Learn more here.

Editing Assistance

Participants will receive up to ten hours of editing assistance to improve your writing's clarity.



The registration deadline for this year's NSF CAREER Club has closed. Please email the Research Development Office with questions (vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu).

Upon registration, you will receive a follow-up email confirming participation, and calendar invitations/Zoom links to each of the events which are part of the CAREER Club.


Please email vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu with any questions. Sign up for the RDO Monthly Newsletter to stay up-to-date on next year’s CAREER Club here!

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Research Development Office in advance at 319-335-0303 or vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu