NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Synopsis of Program:

  • The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
  • CAREER Program Page:  https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214
  • Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.
  • NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
  • Funding is for a minimum of $400,000 for the five-year grant period.
  • Deadline for All NSF Directorates:  Monday, July 26, 2021

RIO's 2021 NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program

Are you considering submitting an NSF Faculty Career Development Program (CAREER) award proposal in 2021? Do you feel ready to submit a CAREER proposal at this point in your faculty appointment? Our 2021 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 individual/one-on-one writing and proposal development coaching, optional peer writing groups, and red team reviews. Participants will learn the ins and outs of writing a competitive NSF CAREER proposal with the goal of submitting a strong proposal by the deadline.

Please email Diane Carillo at diane.carillo@colorado.edu to join RIO’s NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program.  Register with Diane today or no later than Wednesday, February 24.

NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program Kickoff Workshop (Virtual)

The virtual Kickoff Workshop date was February 10 from 12-1:30pm. The purpose of the workshop is to begin thinking about your readiness as a PI to submit an NSF CAREER award proposal. You will also get a chance to hear from some past CAREER award winners. All eligible faculty interested in learning more are invited to attend.

† Eligibility

 As of July 26, 2021:

  • Tenure-track/untenured
  • Assistant Professor
  • Have not received a prior CAREER award
  • Limit of 3 tries/submissions
  • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF.
  • Research in NSF area:
    • Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
    • Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
    • Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
    • Director for Engineering (ENG)*
    • Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
    • Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
    • Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
    • Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
    • Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)
  • Tenure-Track Equivalency per the NSF CAREER solicitation

In advance of the program, you can schedule a CAREER Conversation with Diane to ask questions, explore ideas and consider your readiness for the program at diane.carillo@colorado.edu.

*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 (CEAS), 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 encouraged to attend RIO’s CAREER Kickoff Workshop. Everyone from CEAS is welcome. 

NSF CAREER Broader Impacts Support

  • 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. NSF requires a robust Broader Impacts discussion.  Broader Impacts is one of NSF’s main merit review criteria.
  • RIO will be offering a Broader Impacts Workshop again on March 9, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please register here.

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.

2021 NSF CAREER Important Documents and Links

Additional CAREER Resources