NSF – Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Date Due: 7/18/18 for BIO, CISE, EHR, 3rd Wednesday in July annually thereafter; 7/19/18 for ENG, 3rd Thursday in July annually thereafter; 7/20/18 for GEO, MPS, SBE, 3rd Friday in July annually thereafter

Amount: $400,000 minimum over 5 years except BIO, ENG, PLR is $500,000 minimum over 5 years

Summary: This premier program emphasizes the importance the Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning. Effective integration of research and education generates a synergy in which the process of discovery stimulates learning, and assures that the findings and methods of research and education are quickly and effectively communicated in a broader context and to a larger audience. Successful Principal Investigators will propose creative, integrative and effective research and education plans, developed within the context of the mission, goals, and resources of their organizations, while building a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to research, education and their integration.

Integration of Research and Education – All CAREER proposals must have an integrated research and education plan at their core. NSF recognizes that there is no single approach to an integrated research and education plan, but encourages all applicants to think creatively about how their research will impact their education goals and, conversely, how their education activities will feed back into their research. These plans should reflect the proposer’s own disciplinary and educational interests and goals, as well as the needs and context of his or her organization. Because there may be different expectations within different disciplinary fields and/or different organizations, a wide range of research and education activities may be appropriate for the CAREER program.

Proposers are encouraged to communicate with the CAREER contact or cognizant Program Officer in the Division closest to their area of research to discuss the expectations and approaches that are most appropriate for that area (see http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/career/contacts.jsp for a list of CAREER contacts by division).

Keywords: career, research, education

Notes: 400 awards are given per year!

Limitations: PI must:

  • submit only one CAREER proposal per year and only three all together;
  • have a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF,
  • be in a tenure track position as an assistant professor,
  • be untenured at least until the October 1 following the deadline,
  • have not previously received a CAREER award

Solicitation number: 17-537

~Amount is $400,000 over 5 years except in BIO, ENG or PLR, which must be $500,000 over 5 years
~Date due is mid-late July

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17537/nsf17537.htm