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An NSF CAREER award application is more than an NSF Standard Grant with an education plan added in. Highly competitive awards integrate the research and education plan. In this seminar, we talk about why and how to create a plan that results in a competitive proposal.

Planning and Writing Successful NSF CAREER Proposals Seminar

Planning and Writing Successful NSF CAREER Proposals Seminar

The Research Development Office, CLAS Grant Support Office, and College of Engineering are hosting a 3-part virtual NSF CAREER Award grant writing seminar, Planning and Writing Successful NSF CAREER Proposals that will be held on Friday, December 1 and Friday, January 5 from 9-11 am and Friday, January 12 from 9 am-1 pm (8 total hours). The seminar is presented by Dr. Peg AtKisson (AtKisson Training Group).

This seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the Basics of CAREERs
  • Planning Your Proposal
  • Crafting a Compelling Overview
  • Designing Your Education and Research Plans
  • Discussing the Literature, Preliminary Work, and Significance
  • Letters and the Rest

Early career faculty who are eligible to submit NSF CAREER awards are welcome to register for this seminar.

Peg AtKisson

Peg AtKisson, PhD

M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, trained in neuroscience, but has focused on grant proposals since 2001. She started the research development group at Tufts University, working on large proposals and supporting individual investigators for 8 years and over $140,000,000 of successes across many federal and foundation funders. She joined Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops in 2008, as an associate member, presenting training across the country. In 2017 she left to found ATG to create new approaches to grantsmanship training in addition to support for faculty research and leadership development. She still considers herself a neuroscientist first, and she still writes grant proposals.

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.

Click here to learn more about the NSF CAREER Club.


No cost to register. However, if you do not attend at least one session, you will be charged $50 for the Handbook.

Register here by Monday, November 27. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants prior to the first session.

Registration includes one electronic copy of the Handbook for Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals. The Handbook helps you through the grant writing process, starting with the early stages of planning your project. It contains clear and flexible solutions to communicating your idea clearly to the reviewer. The Handbook provides a heavily footnoted and occasionally humorous guide to turning your idea into a clear grant proposal.


Please email vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu with any questions. Sign up for the RDO Monthly Newsletter to stay up-to-date on this year's seminar 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