NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

The NSF CAREER program offers the most prestigious awards in support of early career faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent teaching and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The current coronavirus situation has changed many plans. If you are now considering submitting an NSF CAREER proposal for the July deadline and you would like to participate in the NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program, please contact Diane Carillo at diane.carillo@colorado.edu. Contact Diane to discuss how you can join the program.


2020 Proposal Submission Timeline 

(New this year from NSF - revised deadline/timeline!)

For ALL NSF Directorates:

  • Monday, July 20, 2020: Submit proposal through FastLane (Coordinate with your OCG Proposal Analyst).

    • Per NSF: "This allows you time to resolve system errors in advance of the deadline and avoid high volume delays at the Help desk." 

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:00pm MST: Deadline

RIO's NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program

Are you ready to submit an NSF CAREER proposal in 2020? The NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program can help get you there!

Led by Research & Innovation Office Proposal Writer Diane Carillo, this program is designed to support your proposal development from start to finish through one-on-one writing and proposal development coaching, a series of workshops, peer writing groups, and red team reviews. Participants will learn the ins and outs of writing a competitive NSF CAREER proposal, and will be prepared to submit by the July 2020 deadline. Please email Diane Carillo at diane.carillo@colorado.edu to join RIO’s NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program.

NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program Kickoff Event

The NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program Kickoff event will be held on February 19, 2020, from Noon - 1:30pm, in the Center for Community (C4C) Flatirons room. All eligible faculty interested in learning more are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. 

Attention College of Engineering and Applied Science Faculty: Please note that if you are a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, you will work with CEAS Research Support Office Proposal Writer Molly Riddell (molly.riddell@colorado.edu) to support the development of your NSF CAREER proposal. You are, of course, encouraged to attend the Kickoff Event. Everyone from Engineering is welcome. 

NSF CAREER Broader Impacts Support

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020: NSF Broader Impacts: Tips from a Former NSF Program Director. Join former NSF Program Director and Associate Dean for Research, Massimo Ruzzene, for a discussion of what broader impacts can mean and how to better integrate broader impacts activities with your research. CU Boulder’s broader impact providers, as listed on the Broader Impacts Network will be available to share how they support broader impact activities as will faculty with experience evaluating broader impacts on NSF review panels.
  • Commit-to-Submit Broader Impacts Working Sessions: At these events, bring your broader impact statements and receive direct, individualized feedback from proposal coaches to ensure your statements are competitive during NSF review. 
  • Broader Impacts Network: The Broader Impacts Network (BIN) is CU Boulder’s central campus source connecting the research and creative works community with the partners, tools, and resources needed to successfully develop and implement socially significant broader impacts. 

CU Boulder NSF CAREER Award Recipient List
CU Boulder is fortunate to have over 100 NSF CAREER award recipients on campus. See the CU Boulder NSF CAREER Community webpage for a list of awardees and information about CU's annual NSF CAREER Community Celebration event.

2020 NSF CAREER Important Documents and Links

Additional CAREER Resources